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, take in the ocean breeze, and relax on this long and spacious sandy beach. Take part in watersports, beach activities, or go swimming…whatever you desire. If you get bored, 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 relax at this summer. Enjoy an array of activities from swimming, cycling and eating your heart out at plenty of local eateries, to name a few. Choose between the grass or sand to lounge about. Plus, it’s one of the best places for a picnic in Wellington.
3. Scorching Bay Beach
This stunning beach is a little slice of paradise and the closest thing you’ll get to a Thailand getaway during the summer. 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 quieter and more 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 it a day trip? Be sure to capture a magical sunset.