I’ve visited Wellington on two separate occasions, and both times the weather was less than ideal for outdoor activities. New Zealand’s capital city is known for high winds and plenty of rain, so it’s no surprise that I only had about 1 1/2 days worth of sunshine during my time there over the winter season.
The lack of sunshine (and the strong wind) kept me from doing a lot of the stuff I wanted to do in Wellington–like visiting the Botanic Gardens and Zealandia, walking up Mount Victoria, or doing some hiking. I spent most of my days inside at Wellington’s many museums & galleries, which is definitely a good way to spend rainy days in the city.
I like to explore cities by foot though, so I was disappointed to be stuck inside most of the week. So one day I decided to just brave the rain, and I started walking from my hostel out along the waterfront. I was lucky though, because by the time I made it over to Te Papa, the sky cleared. The sun came out and I took that small window of opportunity to walk out to Oriental Bay.
Exploring the Oriental Bay neighborhood was on my to-do list before ever visiting Wellington. I heard there were some cool houses in the area and that’s enough to lure me in. I walked from the waterfront near Te Papa down to the harbor. As soon as I saw the blue-doored sheds along the marina, I realized I had seen them in countless photos before.
The wind was intense, making for a bit of a rough walk; however, it was totally worth it. Oriental Parade runs right along the water, passing a few little shops and cafes, with gorgeous views of the bay and sandy beaches. Opposite the waterfront is Mount Victoria. The hill is dotted with beautiful homes that will make you want to move in straight away.
Waves splashed up against the tide walls as the wind roared in over the water. I walked as far as the bend in the road that goes back around the peninsula. Looking back at the city from that point offers the best view of Wellington’s waterfront.
Then I raced back along Oriental Parade and through the city in an attempt to beat the rapidly returning rain; with no luck.
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