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New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, is situated on the southern tip of the North Island and is known for its windy and unpredictable weather. But when the sun’s out, residents head out to beaches and bays in the Cook Strait. From Oriental Bay to Paraparaumu Beach, here is Culture Trip’s best beaches to visit near Wellington.
Across the harbour from Wellington city is the Greater Wellington suburb of Lower Hutt, home to Days Bay in Eastbourne. This beach is the place in Wellington to make a dramatic splash with bombs into the sea from the wharf. Catch an East by West Ferry from Wellington’s harbour to Days Bay wharf and enjoy a day in the water kayaking or paddleboarding, which can be hired from the Boatshed. Visitors to Days Bay can also hire a bicycle and explore the nearby historic Pencarrow Lighthouse.
Lyall Bay is the beach to go to for surfers in the capital looking to catch some waves. This long beach is situated 10 minutes south of Wellington city and can get crowded, as it’s a popular surfing and swimming beach with locals. According to Surfseeker, waves break on the beach and can get up to three metres (10ft).