Give that Wellington sits on the flooded crater of an old volcano, it’s not surprising that every bit of coastline gets labelled as a bay of some sort. Some bays have houses, some are quieter, some are almost completely deserted. They’re all different and I haven’t found one yet that fails to delight – so here is a collection of these gorgeous hidey-holes.
Oriental Bay is on the inner rim of the crater and is one of the nicer parts of Wellington City with a tree-lined promenade, bandstand, cafe culture and sunshine; everything you could want, in fact, if you can afford it.
Eastbourne lies opposite Wellington on the inside of the crater. Although a bit of a commuter place, it’s actually quite remote nd beyond the town itself the bay just trails off to Pencarrow Lighthouse and the way to the big old Tasman Sea. Again it’s a nice spot if you just want to escape.