Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay
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Rick Budensiek
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you are expecting a vibrant beach environment, be warned! This isn't Whangamata (voted number one beach in NZ, and my current home for 6 months! ). It is, however, a patch of sand (imported by truck, I hear) and there are a few brave souls that don their swimsuits and jump from the wharf into the icy cold waters of the bay in their swimsuits long enough to get wet before they climb out of the water onto a ladder. Soaking up some sun is a good way to spend a Sunday on a bright "Sprummer's day" (mostly spring with a spritzer of summer, that's Wellington weather). I did enjoy the fish and chips at the water side restaurant.
Written January 22, 2020
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O2518UQjacquelinef
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The walk around Oriental Bay has beautiful scenery and an even path. You can stop at one of many coffee shops and restaurants around the bay or wander down to the beach for a walk on the sand. Spectacular views of the Ocean and city while walking.
Written April 7, 2020
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK4,164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fabulous place to walk along the bay as the sun goes down. Lovely architecture and a great place to people watch! Quite a few people swimming at 6pm and enjoying the artificial beach. Also a little of people out running too!
Written March 20, 2024
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Lucy D
Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
A lovely walk from downtown to Oriental Bay. We went in the evening so it had a different, serene vibe. When you go back you can easily take a different route downtown so you can see other stores and stuff :)
Written January 20, 2021
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Sivasankar Sivapragasam
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I always come across Oriental Bay to Freyberg pool. It is beautiful and serene by feeling the wind. Overall, it is the best place to jog, walk, work out and swim at Freyberg pool.
Written May 8, 2022
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Colin R
Plymouth, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Not your usual review, but I hope it helps someone. Like many, I travelled in my own car, and upon reaching the capital, felt burdened with looking for a free place to park for a few nights, while I stay in a nearby hostel. Evans bay Parade on Oriental Bay was the best place I found, just on the roadside. I was parked there for 3 weeks while I stayed in the city, and when I had my bags, it was a $12 Uber to get to the CBD
Written February 11, 2018
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Cornelius Palm
Vienna, Austria185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Nice view and good place for free parking to have access to the city by feet.
You can walk the whole harbour walk from that point starting to the city and Sea museum!
Written June 7, 2015
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Dreamer63300363863
George Town, Malaysia30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Oriental Bay has a wide promenade which meanders along the harbour shoreline. It is eminently suitable for a range of recreational activities including: cycling, el scooters, skateboarding, jogging, walking and photography. It can get busy at peak times early morning and late afternoon. We enjoyed several walks, despite slightly inclement weather, just taking in the sights. The feature water jet fountain is spectacular, especially when floodlit at night. There are a number of good cafes scattered along the route, including our favourite, the Babylon.
Written October 11, 2019
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trolley1265
Bendigo, Australia94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
this is a great beach for kids to play the water is clean and clear my kids even found star fish around there feet,it can be a bit tricky getting a car park so go early great food across the road.
Written January 16, 2019
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Chacha1984
Adelaide, Australia18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
I like oriental bay for relaxing and enjoying the summer, however the beach is rough and has shell shards and a lot rougher due to the condition of the bay, so don't play rought sports because you will end up cut and bruised.
Written June 19, 2016
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