Eastern Bays

Take the ferry from Wellington CBD to relax amongst art galleries, independent retailers, cafés and a balmy microclimate

Jumping off the wharf at Days Bay is a summertime rite of passage. Take the ferry from Wellington right to the wharf and join in, choose another sea time adventure or relax amongst art galleries, independent retailers and cafés all in a balmy microclimate.

Travellers without their sea legs can take the route 81 or route 83 bus from Courtenay Place in Wellington, through Petone and Lower Hutt to Days Bay and Eastbourne.

Time to relax

Locals often describe the Bays as "paradise" and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle. Chill out on the beautiful beaches and wander around the rugged coastline. 

Take the cricket set and spill out from Days Bay Pavilion café on to Williams Park - perfect for the kids to run around on and always be within your sight.

Hire a canoe or kayak from the Days Bay wharf and choose an island to paddle to. Skirt along the bays to Point Howard or out to Matiu Somes Island. 

Walk it out

Pick up a Tracks and Trails brochure to find a walk that suits whether that’s up hill, down dale or along the beach. The Butterfly Creek trail is popular and has stunning views. Enjoy all the best smells of nature and forest in a magical place.

Dream that you’re moving here

The Eastern Bays have some incredible houses from seaside cottages to architecturally designed wonders. Wander the streets for free and pick which one you’d like to live in.

Be part of the story

World-renowned short story writer Katherine Mansfield is famous for her work and considered one of our best writers. See buildings and places that shaped her life and the holiday homes and seaside villages that influenced her writing during her time here in the late 1800s. Her short story, At The Bay gives a beautiful snapshot into Eastbourne life in 1921.

Bike to the lighthouse

Hire a bike from the Days Bay Boatshed and take a ride (or walk) to Pencarrow Head. It’s the site of New Zealand’s first permanent lighthouse and was once home to Mary Bennett, New Zealand’s first female lighthouse keeper.

On the way you’ll pass the memorial to the sinking of the Wahine, New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster. 

Shop at independent retailers

Shop local in Eastbourne at their butcher, deli or fruit and vegetable shop. Or sit down for tasty café menus, tavern fare, spicy treats, secluded courtyard dining at Hive Café.

Enjoy the views for longer

The Eastern Bays are far too good to leave after just one day, so find somewhere fantastic to stay a night or two. At The Bay is a magnificent bed and breakfast right on the shore of the harbour or for self-contained accommodation with magnificent views try Sorrento Retreat.