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Review of Eastbourne Beach

Eastbourne Beach
Ranked #64 of 236 things to do in Wellington
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Well worth a wander. If you can get your hands on a mountain bike it has some easy-ish tracks i the mountains, otherwise its great to see the harbour from the other side.

Thank melonmixer
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
111 attraction reviews
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“Lovely walks and cafes”
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
Thank Jacqueline F
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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“A good half day trip from Wellington when combined with Days Bay.”
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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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“rusty beach”
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
Thank Daniel T
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“A Stoney Beach, but full of rustic charm”
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
Thank Psyckers
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