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Lyall Parade | Lyall Bay, Wellington 6003, New Zealand
+64 4-802 4860
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All reviews wellington airport surf beach nice beach maranui surf fish and chip shop wind surfers great spot to watch planes taking off and landing watch planes caught the bus sunny day south coast nice walk cook strait surfing cafes swimmers
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Next to airport, surfing beach with cafe on beach, and views across the strait, can access by bus from Wellington

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

I love Lyall Bay in all kinds of weather. Its lovely to stroll on a sunny day, but equally fabulous when the wind whips up the surf as it did when we were there. Rugged and beautiful. Great for kids, and dogs.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Ah62
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Meander down the beach or enjoy a coffee while watching the planes come and go at Wellington airport. Either way you'll have a great view from Lyall Bay. There are shops for the shoppers amongst us, cafes and of course the beach. Popular with the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank FlyingCharlie
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Had family visiting Wellington so decided to visit this cafe as recently opened in Lyall Bay - I had realisedbit opened late in the morning so not a good choice for breakfast early in the day - pays to check opening hours. The Facebook page...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Dudley44
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Leaving Wellington on our way to Martinborough, we followed the coast road - Marine Drive all the way to Lyall Bay. The weather was fine and warm and the scenery was picturesque. The road winds around 10 bays, many with distinctive character. For instance Evans...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Lavarcham
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Good spot to have a bite to eat and drink from the food truck. Great place for dog walking. Entertaining people watching spot. Plenty of surfers in the water but slow going.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank JudyHoward
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Visited from UK. Travelling round NZ with daughter who's living and working here. Only here for one night then onto South Island but would,like to stay longer next time I'm over. Love Wellington and the harbour ! If I was to be able to live...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Mitzimai
Reviewed 25 April 2017

when you drive up and catch your first glimpse of the lyall bay beach,it puts a smile on your face.The beach is great to walk on,and there are cafes and a shop across the road,the end bty airport is surfers area and most of the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Strang M
Reviewed 14 April 2017

One of the nicest beach in Wellington. The sunsets are usually stunning. If you like surfing it is the only good spot in Wellington!

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank nathalierp2017
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We found the Spruce Goose spacious, organised and efficient. It was early evening and we were allowed to choose where we wanted, next to an open window with views across the bay and airport runway. In spite of the latter - aircraft noise was minimal....More

Date of experience: April 2017
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