The picturesque Wellington Harbour is renowned for its beautiful scenery and other attractions. This magnificent natural feature consists of a tranquil expanse of enclosed water, encircled by hills with only a narrow link to the ocean. The edge of the harbour is bordered by a raised rocky platform, although today this feature has been hidden to a large extent by the steadily expanding network of roads. However in some areas you will find inviting stretches of sandy beach. The fact that the harbour is by and large enclosed means that the bays and beaches are pleasantly sheltered from turbulent conditions.
Since the harbour is large and uncrowded it has become a splendid location for recreational activities. You will find as many as five lanes for waterskiing, a number of rowing clubs, a secluded section for private watercraft, waka ama associations, several yacht clubs and excellent windsurfing conditions at this waterfront.
If walking or hiking are included in your interests, you will find a pleasant and undemanding environment for these pursuits. The two separate walking routes are rocky but not dangerous, thereby being accessible to the majority of visitors. At the site known as Red Rocks you will be able to see seals resting, always a picturesque sight.
If you are an avid angler you will find an excellent environment here, with catches of snapper, kahawai and trevally plentifully available in season. The scenic environs of the waterfront form a magical setting in which to indulge in this pastime.
Boating is a favoured activity in this sheltered stretch of water. There are two small islets within the waterfront which provide protective anchorages for relatively small watercraft. The tranquil ambience and pristine natural beauty of this setting make it a delight to explore. Another interesting option is to take a relaxing harbour cruise which will take you across the waterfront in luxurious comfort. Visitors also have the opportunity to select an evening or lunch cruise in this unique location. A visit to Wellington harbour will always be enjoyable and memorable.
If you will be visiting the area and are looking for a hotel in Wellington there is no better choice than the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay. One of the convenient Wellington New Zealand hotels this fine rest offers comfortable interiors and attentive service.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.