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Discover Eastbourne on a day trip from Wellington

Take the ferry from downtown Wellington and discover colourful cafes and art galleries, and take in the coastal views from the iconic Pencarrow lighthouses.

Daytripping from Wellington

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Take the East by West ferry from downtown Wellington and in just 20 minutes you'll be in picturesque Days Bay. Spend the day discovering epic landscapes and enjoying this quaint beach-side community. On some sailings you can also hop off and explore Matiu / Somes island, a predator-free reserve with a rich  history. Getting to Days Bay by road is as easy as taking the bus or driving along the coastal route to Eastbourne.

Hire a bike from the end of the wharf

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The best way to explore this area is on two wheels. Arrange a bike from The Boatshed at the end of the wharf, or pick one up at the start of the Pencarrow track from The Bikeshed. You can even go all out on a zippy e-bike (yes, you still have to pedal) which is definitely a must do.

Bike to NZ's first lighthouse

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Follow the beautiful (and flat!) coastal trail along the Pencarrow Coast Road to the 1906 lighthouse on the shoreline - about an hour's bike ride. If you're feeling fit, you can also venture up to New Zealand's first lighthouse, once home to the country's only woman light house keeper. Once you reach the lighthouse you'll be rewarded with vast views over Wellington harbour and across to the South Island.

Local eats


At some point (or many points) you’ll want to fuel up on some delish local eats. Pop into somewhere casual like Chocolate Dayz for their famous chocolate milkshake or, for a more refined gastronomic menu, take a seat at Sea Salt, literally just a stone's throw away. Both have equally outstanding views of the beach. Families will enjoy the wide open spaces around Days Bay Pavilion, perfect for a picnic or to kick a ball around. Be sure to wander about Eastbourne as there are many mouth watering spots to grab a bite.

Art galleries

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This picturesque seaside suburb naturally attracts some pretty talented artists. Before you kick into high gear and start to glisten, pop into a gallery or two to see the artwork on display. Rona Gallery in Eastbourne is a must visit, as is Van Helden Gallery in Days Bay.

Native bush walks

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Take a walk through the lush native forest in East Harbour Regional Park, a welcome relief on hot summer days. Bush walks for all levels of fitness are on offer, and if you’ve still got enough stamina, be sure to walk up the Main Ridge Track for some epic views back towards Wellington.

Cool down

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After a day of adventure, it’s customary in these parts to do some bombs from Days Bay wharf. This is also your chance to trade your bike for a kayak or stand up paddle board for some aquatic fun. If you didn't pack your swimsuit, grab a yummy real fruit ice cream and roam the beach until it's time to catch the ferry back to downtown Wellington.

Planning a trip to Wellington? Check out more must do activities, browse and book accommodation, search Wellington’s sights and activities, see what other exciting events are coming up, and have a nosy at all the incredible bars and restaurants. If you're looking to extend your stay, there's heaps more to explore in the Hutt Valley.