Island Bay, Wellington. This suburb lies on the south coast and is so called due to the presence of Tapu Te Ranga Motu island, 500m offshore. This stretch of coastline is famed for its abundant marine wildlife, popular with scuba divers and snorklers alike.
Solace in the Wind, Wellington waterfront. This Max Patte sculpture is two metres high, formed of iron and depicts a naked male diver about to leap. This is one of several permanent public art installations on Wellington waterfront.
Ray in Wellington harbour, Wellington city. Who needs an aquarium when you have this kind of wildlife cruising around the harbour waters.
Makara Beach loop walking track,Wellington. This 6km walk located on the west coast of the Wellington region combines a trek along the Paua shell-strewn beach with a cliff-top tramp that affords great views of the South Island and Kapiti Island.
Days Bay, Wellington. A 30min drive/ferry ride from the city centre, Days Bay is great location for a beach day with great harbour views.
The harbourside, Wellington. Rent a pedalo or kayak, watch the locals jumping off the jetty, examine the artistic sculptures on display or simply enjoy sunshine with an ice cream/coffee. Wellington’s waterfront is an excellent place to wile away a lazy afternoon.
Basin Reserve cricket ground, Wellington. Home to the Wellington Firebirds, this ground hosts a range of one day and international test matches. Fans can choose to sit in the stands or on the surrounding grass banks.
Oriental Bay, Wellington. The artificial white sand beaches provide an excellent spot to catch some sun without having to travel far from the city centre.