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Island Bay

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Address: The Parade, Wellington 6002, New Zealand
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+64 4-802 4860

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Lovely beach, dogs welcome!

beautiful sandy beach, sheltered from wind by the island so it's safe for children. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the west side of the bay - a good sandy stretch then a rocky... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful sandy beach, sheltered from wind by the island so it's safe for children. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the west side of the bay - a good sandy stretch then a rocky point with lots of rock pools to clamber around. There is a really good bus route, and an excellent children's playground just opposite the beach.

Thank DeborahEast
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Island Bay is georgous, the park for the kids is perfect for a family picnic with bbq's you can use and the beach right across the road. In the old bait shed which is the brown building at the end of the boats kids pay $5 and can go and touch things like starfish and other creatures. Awesome Cafes in... More 

Thank 339deboraht
Rotorua, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Island Bay is an old, established community, lots of querky houses, shops, boats .... easy walking, shopping and cafes !

Thank RedOchreWoman
Burton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

A brilliant small community served by the number 1 bus. A great coastal drive that goes past and close to the airport.

Thank Adrian C
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Island Bay is very popular and we got the impression those who ran the shops etc all knew they were in competition with each other so, in general, standards were high.

Thank Robonline
Perth, Australia
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69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We spent a couple of weeks staying in Island Bay and loved it. Close to the CBD for a couple of days seeing attractions or shopping, but an independent community with a small town feel. Fabulous walks up on the ridge or around the bays. Great little restored cinema. A couple of great coffee places and all you need to... More 

Thank GingerK6
Lapu Lapu, Philippines
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248 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Island bay started out life as a fishing village for local people and over the years has become a sought after place to live. Here there are Cafe's, Restaurants, Parks, Gardens, look out points and places of interest. In the farthest part of Island bay they have built a large toilet complex which also has running water and a sewerage... More 

Thank Ashley K
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I always take out-of-town/overseas visitors to this little gem of an attraction. It's so much fun being able to touch some of the marine life, watch the faces of the children, see the resident octopus being fed. The volunteers who work there (including youngsters) are very knowledgable and I love hearing about how the sea creatures wind up there and... More 

Thank Susy F
Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

When the weather is fine, go take a walk around the beaches and paths around Island bay, sample the delicious fish and chips from the local shop and enjoy your day!

Thank lon_alyse
Island Bay
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is where I live. Fabulous place to have a home. Just a few minutes away from the beach and the South Coast..

Thank Joy B

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