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“Lovely walks and cafes” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Eastbourne Beach

Eastbourne Beach
Cl Bishop Park, Wellington 5013, New Zealand
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Ranked #35 of 144 attractions in Wellington
Type: Beaches
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Lovely walks and cafes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Great walk and cafes, good beaches for kids to run around, great place to have a coffee after a walk on the beach and free entertainment for hours. Perfect winter and summer Can be very busy over summer so parking is at a premium

Visited August 2012
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“A good half day trip from Wellington when combined with Days Bay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

I came to this place in winter on a Monday, in the late morning, looking for some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Wellington. The moment I stepped out from the bus, all I heard was the cries of the birds and the cold hitting my face. A few minutes walk along Rimu street and you get to the wharf where there is a couple of fisherman fishing. Though the weather wasn't the best, it was still a lovely place to be in for a few moments, listening to the swish of the waves, feeling the sun in your face, the wind and cold hitting you and watching the flight of the birds. Suggest that some food is brought so that you can have a meal while enjoying all these. Anytime is good for a visit so long it is not raining.

Near the bus stop, there are a couple of treks are that suitable for those interested in bushwalking or hikes. I didn't try them this time round, but will do so the next time round. Eastbourne beach is just a 15 minute walk to Days Bay along the coast. If you happen to be going to Days Bay as well, and like architecture/photography, I would recommend the hike up Williams Park to the Days Bay lookout. Take the walk down the lookout via the driveway and there are some wooden lovely houses on the way down. Once you reach the coast, walk in the direction away from Days Bay or Eastbourne and there are a couple of nicely painted bus stops and a rainbow stripe building along the coast good for photos as well.

When combined with Days Bay, Eastbourne is a good half day or day trip from Wellington. It is best to visit during the non-peak periods when you can really appreciate the peace and quiet of the area. Note that in the winter the bicycle or kayak shops are closed hence these activities will not be available. If planning on a day trip from Wellington on public transport, recommend purchasing the BusAbout Day pass for $9.50 and you get unlimited rides on any GoWellington and Valley Flyer services. With this pass, you can spend half a day in Eastbourne/.Days Bay and the remaining half of the day exploring Jackson Street in Petone, which is on the way back to Wellington. The above would best suit international visitors who have limited time and would like to explore suburban Wellington.

Visited August 2012
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“rusty beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Very rusty beach, heaps of stones and nothing really for people who look for laying on a beach.
BUT great place for walks and picnics.
On a sunny day always a visit worth!

Visited October 2011
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“A Stoney Beach, but full of rustic charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Eastbourne is a place that is on the way to Pencarrow Lighthouse. The village is quaint and endearing, but behind the shops and beyond the tussock grass and sand dunes is the North facing beach.

On a fine day you have brilliant views of all of Wellington harbour, and depending on the wind direction can be quite a sun trap.
Dogs can be let off and run free to explore the rustic area and smells. The water is pristine but chilly as it basically comes strait from the Cooks Strait, which is fine on a hot day.

Swimming is OK though make sure you keep an eye out for the kids because there can be strong rip tides and the water gets quite deep very quickly.

It is a fantastic place for a picnic, though do not light fires, as this upsets the local fire department, as we have found out.

Visited March 2012
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“Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Sun, beach, cafes, shops, people, ferry........perfect!

Visited May 2012
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