If there’s anything positive to take from the pandemic, it’s that we’ve been encouraged to explore our own beautiful motherland, instead of jetting off across the globe. Wonderfully, Wellington is blessed with a stunning coastline of endless majestic beaches to hangout at this summer. We’ve narrowed down our favourite five beaches that are just as beautiful as a tropical destination.
1. Petone Foreshore
Just 15 minutes drive from Wellington city, you can take in the ocean breeze, and relax on this long sandy beach, that has plenty of space for social distancing. Take part in watersports, beach activities, or go swim…whatever you desire. If you get bored, you can walk the large pier out to sea, which is extremely therapeutic if you ask us!
2. Freyberg Beach, Oriental Bay
In the heart of the city, this is one of the best beaches in Wellington to hangout at this summer. Indeed, it would give Australia a run for its money. Enjoy an array of activities from swimming, cycling, and eating your heart out at plenty of local eateries, to name a few things. Choose between the grass or sand to lounge about. Likewise, it just so happens to be one of the best places for a summer picnic in Wellington.
3. Scorching Bay Beach
This stunning beach is a little slice of paradise, during the summer, and the closest thing you’ll get to a Thailand getaway. Expect golden sand between your toes and turquoise waters to swim in, beach activities like cricket, and some iconic eateries nearby serving delicious milkshakes and ice cream to cool you down on a hot day. Indeed, it’s the perfect summer beach getaway.
4. Lyall Bay Beach
Directly beside Wellington Airport, this lush beach is extremely popular with surfers, even being home to some past surfing championships. As the beach is lifeguarded during the summer, you are permitted to swim. Opt to stroll along the beach, learn to surf, indulge on fish and chips from the famous Fresko chippie, or treat yourself to brunch or ice cream nearby. Definitely, the perfect summer hangout.
5. Makara Beach
Surrounded by wilderness, 30 minutes drive from the city, you’ll find this stony beach to be more quiet and secluded. Nevertheless, it offers breathtaking scenery, fishing and dog walking, opportunities to spot wildlife, to name a few. Additionally, there is the Makara Track for the adventure enthusiasts. Why not pack a picnic, and head early to make the most of the day, and be sure to capture a magical sunset.