Summer has us itching to get out and play, and Wellington never fails to deliver the goods. From lounging with a drink in hand to exploring the region’s wild side, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. Take advantage of these warm summer days and check out some of our favorite sunny day activities!

Get on the water!

Wellington is surrounded by the sea, giving us heaps of options when it comes to playing in the big bath. The question is, which toy is right for you?

  • Located in the city center, Fergs Kayaks has everything you need for a day on the water. Grab a SUP board and paddle over to Oriental Bay for an unforgettable beach day.
  • Ever wanted to learn to sail? Wellington Ocean Sports offers a variety of affordable courses for people with any level of experience.
  • Grab the East by West Ferry over to Days Bay and pick up a kayak from The Boatshed. Pro tip: it’s free to take your bike across on the ferry!
  • Have a surf at Lyall Bay – just pop in to Real Surf to grab all you need.
  • Get IN the water! You don’t need a boat to have fun, check out our Top Wellington Beaches list and hop right in.
  • Surfing at Lyall Bay


Something about being in the sun makes eating so much sweeter… There’s no better way to spend a sunny day than checking out some of Wellington’s best outdoor eateries.

  • Rogue and Vagabond

Flora and Fauna!

Plants and animals love the sun just as much as you do, so why not spend the day together?

  • Learn about local sea critters at the Island Bay Marine Education Centre. Yes, there is a petting tank, as well as tide pools begging to be explored.
  • Get amongst our native birds at Zealandia – Wellington’s 225 hectare ecosanctuary. Pest free and full of beautiful tracks, it’s a guaranteed way to kill an afternoon in serenity.
  • Smell the roses at Wellington’s Botanic Garden, featuring 25 Hectares of colorful, strange, and delightful plants.
  • Head up to the Zoo to check out all the animals, but we recommend spending 90% of your visit watching the otters snuggle.
  • Island Bay Marine Education Centre

Get active!

Wellington is home to hills, valleys, rivers, beaches and rocks, all ready to be explored on a sunny day.

  • Red Rocks

A sunny day is no time to be stuck in the car and luckily all of the above are accessible by bike. Grab an eBike from us and peddle away on your sunny day adventure!

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