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Scorching Bay

Address: Karaka Bay Road | Seatoun, Wellington 6003, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 0(4) 802 4860
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Ranked #24 of 125 Attractions in Wellington
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Wellington, New Zealand
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Arguably the best beach in Wellington. Nice soft sand, awesome color of the water and not over crowded with people like Oriental Bay. Nice place to hang out with friends or family or just with your partner.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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192 reviews 192 reviews
122 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is the best beach in Wellington as it is often sheltered from the wind and gets more sun. It's fairly small and is very busy in summer. Certainly not stunning like the beaches in other parts of New Zealand though (e.g. Abel Tasman). The nice cafe is a bonus.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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128 reviews 128 reviews
64 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

protected from the northerly. with the sun out everyone wants to live in wellington. thank god no one really knows just how much we actually get, or they'd all want to live here! Scorching Bay is the best kids beach I know and I lived in Cape Town for 17yrs so know my beaches. eastern Suburbs have Lyall Bay, Evans... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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128 reviews 128 reviews
67 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Driving around the bays, we stopped here on an amazing summers day. The beach was quiet. Perfect place to go for a walk, picnic, play in the sand and swim in the sea. The views were amazing, very peaceful.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

You must have a car to get here as it's out of the way.This is half way during wonderful coastal drive from Wellington around the coast. There is a good cafe which serves quick meals. A good place to park the car & go for a walk along the beach. Small quirkily beachside homes make this an interesting drive.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

good place to hang out. nice scenery and cafe by the beach. except transport to get there unless by private cycling bike or own car

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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Wellington has beaches of all types but none like Scorching Bay. Here families, young and old residents, and travellers from all over congregate in a sheltered bay with shallow safe swimming. On hot summer days, its a favourite spot for picnics or a latte from the Scorch-a-Rama café

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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83 reviews 83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a nice bay, but not stunning by New Zealand standards. The Scorch-o-rama cafe is possibly the main attraction on the strip, where many of the cast of the Hobbit trilogy used to come for a coffee or a quick lunch in between shooting.

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Reno, Nevada, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Island Bay for tide pools; Lyall Bay for dogs, walking, and surfing; and Scorching Bay for sand castles and swimming. A bit harder to get to on public transit.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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148 reviews 148 reviews
39 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Scorching bay has been around for decades and remains an excellent place to visit in summer with hot days and golden sand. Get there early, it can be very busy.

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