Oriental Bay is Wellington’s beautifully kept parade of white sand beaches, gorgeous eateries and accommodation to match. It is the go-to destination for all Wellingtonians on a hot summers’ day, and those lucky enough to live there enjoy the many perks and advantages that the beachfront area has to offer. If you’re wondering where to base yourself on your next extended holiday or corporate relocation, you can do a lot worse that this - here are some great advantages of basing yourself out of Oriental Bay.
It’s a lifestyle
Living in Oriental Bay gives you the freedom to live the way you want - though the physical size of the area is really quite small, you can situate yourself closer to the city if you’re a towny, or opt for a more secluded option if you prefer the peace and quiet. There’s a supermarket just around the corner at all times, not to mention hairdressers and a general store all within walking distance. Take advantage of one of Wellington’s very best pool and gym facilities situated right on the beach front - or swim in the ocean if you’re the salt water type!
Unparalleled access to the city
Oriental Bay is ideally catered to the commuting professional. Though it feels like its own secluded hideaway at times, the area is in very close proximity to the city. It’s an easy walk to the Courtenay Quarter or Kent Terrace, and public transport to any part of the city comes frequently and punctually. Wellington’s OnzO bike, Uber JUMP and Flamingo scooter services provide you with a variety of personal transport options on a good day, and you’ll never be waiting long for a cab to get you where you need to go.
Another perk unique to Oriental Bay is it’s highly underrated back road to the airport - you can avoid the main airport thoroughfare through the city by travelling around the bays to catch your flight. It’s a quicker - not to mention beautifully scenic - route in and out of the capital for those based out of Oriental Bay.
You’ll never be short on things to do
Enough talk about your commute - what about your days off? This is where Oriental Bay truly shines - there’s a reason why Wellingtonians come here in their leisure time! There’s the beach, first and foremost; a place where you can spend whole days swimming, sun bathing and spending time with friends or loved ones. Beach Babylon is right on the beach front and serves the best curly fries in town. if you’re after something to drink, you could get a coffee at the floating Boat Cafe or a glass of something cold at Coene’s Bar and Eatery. Enormous Crocodile’s Croc Bikes provide an iconic vehicle to take a ride around the bays if you fancy stretching your legs. Whatever you feel like, it’s right there on your doorstep.
Gorgeous accommodation options
Lastly but certainly not least, let’s talk accommodation. There’s no point living in a beautiful area if you don’t love your lodgings - as it happens, Oriental Bay reliably delivers in that department too.
Mesmerise is a beautifully cosy home situated high on the hill, offering gorgeous views of the Bay and Wellington City beyond. Featuring full tasteful furnishings, a two-abreast car garage and two single bedrooms, this is the perfect abode for friends or a small family.
The Parade, named after its locale, is the ideal home base for a city loving pro. The apartment sits right on the cusp of the Courtenay Quarter, overlooking the top of Kent Terrace and providing great access to both the city and all that Oriental Bay has to offer.
Oriental Views is the pinnacle of Oriental Bay living. This beautifully designed one bedroom apartment boasts wide views of the city and sea, open plan living and tasteful furnishings to match. This is the ideal pad for a single or couple looking to live it up in the capital.