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Scorching Bay

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Address: Karaka Bay Road | Seatoun, Wellington 6003, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-802 4860

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Beautiful Busy Beach

This beach is gorgeous on a sunny day. It's not huge so don't expect space or privacy. Perfectly placed next to Scorch-o-Rama cafe for good food and coffee. Changing rooms are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I spent two hours at Scorching Bay beach yesterday. It is one of the very few beaches around Wellington that actually has more sand than rocks. You can bring your towel and sunbathe, you can walk barefoot and you can get a snack at a cafe across the road. The beach was getting busy around 1pm when families started coming... More 

Thank travelguy1969
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is gorgeous on a sunny day. It's not huge so don't expect space or privacy. Perfectly placed next to Scorch-o-Rama cafe for good food and coffee. Changing rooms are clean and available. Overall, the prettiest beach in Wellington!

Thank Lisa_WLG
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a beautiful place to relax and catch a great view! We drove along the coast, stopped for lunch and just soaked in the gorgeous scene.

Thank Ron F
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is really a bit of a legend. Order in the cafe and cross the roadto find a seat. The breeze alone will freshen you up. Then a waiter will run across the road with your food. What fun. Health and safety laws try to take away all the fun but here they are playing chicken with the traffic. Then... More 

Thank jamcw2016
Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a lovely sunny day when we travel along the coast and stop at the coffee shop in Scorching Bay. You sit outside by the water or inside still with a good view. A bit rustic and quirky. The coffee and tea was good and the snack food fresh and tasty. Like being give as soon as you sit... More 

Thank Anne G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We drove there today which was an average day. We drove all the way around to cove and imagine how pretty it would have been if it wasn't raining. Quick drive out of the city. Must visit if you have time

Thank DeoSan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

White sand, blue sea, a cafe by the water,,,this is a lovely place to be on a warm and windless day! Safe swimming, albeit chilly, means it is popular and during the best days of summer it can be difficult to find a parking space. Feels a world away from the city, even though it is just around the corner.

Thank nzvegan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Scorching Bay is definitely the nicest beach Wellington has to offer. It is quite a drive around the bays to get there, but so worth it. The white sandy beaches are just unlike any other beach in Wellington. The rock pools surrounding Scorching Bay make for great snorkeling on a clear day or just for the kids to explore. If... More 

Thank Jessica M
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Love love this place when its not crowded. When its crowded don't go unless you like having very little personal space. It is very very popular in summer.

Thank arebe290
Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Scorching Bay is a really lovely place to visit. We travelled along the coast road and stopped off at at a few of the bays, this being one of them. It overlooks the harbour and we were lucky enough to see the Interislander ferry leaving Wellington. The drive along the coast was just spectacular and one of the highlights from... More 

Thank Barbara140716

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