The East By West Ferry which runs regularly from Wellington’s waterfront is an easy way to get to Days Bay -Wellington’s original summer seaside resort in the 1800s.
When you arrive in Days Bay, you can browse art galleries, go for a walk in the hills, or wander around to Eastbourne, where you’ll find deli’s, boutiques and cafes in this quaint seaside suburb.
There are easy walks through lush forest into the hills or along the beaches. The popular Butterfly Creek track takes in harbour views and goes in to the valley to a fine picnic spot.
Take the ferry from Days Bay across the ancient home of Ngake and Whaitaitai to Matiu/Somes Island. Matiu/Somes Island has a lot of history full of drama and tragedy from its time as a quarantine station and a war time prison. Today it is a wildlife sanctuary with the Little Blue Penguin and New Zealand's unique reptile, the Tuatara.
Hire a bike and take a ride (or simply walk) along the stunning rugged coast to Pencarrow Head where New Zealand's first lighthouse is still in operation - there's actually two and that's another story!
Get out on the harbour with a canoe or kayak from the Days Bay wharf and choose an island to paddle along the bays – to the Eastbourne or Point Howard wharf or out to Somes Island.
Make a lunch stop in Days Bay or Eastbourne at one of the harbour side or village cafes, restaurants, galleries and more.
Experience dinner at Cobar with stunning sunsets over uninterrupted sea views – recently voted the people’s choice award winner for the Beef and Lamb awards.
Or simply relax. Local residents often describe the Bays as “paradise” and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle. Chill out on the beautiful beaches and wander ten minutes south from Days Bay around the beautiful coastline.
Have you got a great story to tell? Add your own article