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Oriental Parade Beach

Oriental Parade Beach is small and can not accommodate too many people. The beach is close to town and easily accessible to many people. These factors combined with the fact that the beach is very safe make it a popular venue for summer.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Oriental Parade is very safe for swimming. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and swimmers can get some way offshore before reaching overhead water. There is also next to no chance of the beach having waves or rips making the beach very safe. The biggest hazard is the level of boating activity in the area and swimmers need to keep a watchful eye out for pleasure crafts.


Surfing is not possible.


Fishing is not popular at this beach. The water remains very shallow and the beach is located very much inside Wellington Harbour, meaning that there are limited fish in this area and the water here is not the purest. Boats can be launched in the area and this gives access to a near endless amount of options.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling


  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Oriental Parade Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
Oriental Parade Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

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Safety at Oriental Parade Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Oriental Parade Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Patrolled Beach

Patrolled Beach
Oriental Parade Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Oriental Bay Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm between 12 December 2020 and 28 February 2021. Weekday patrols are provided Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 6:30pm during 21 December 2020 to 29 January 2021.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Oriental Parade Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►

The Water Safety Code:

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


Oriental Parade is located only a kilometre from central city Wellington. The beach is small, only 30 metres of sandy beach at it widest point. The beach is golden sand and is backed by the Freyberg Pool, the Tug Boat Restaurant and a large car park. Oriental Parade Beach is popular during summer. It is very close to town and very accessible to many people. The beach is small and can not cope with large crowds. Oriental Parade Beach has shady areas, barbecue tables and a playground. The beach is also surrounded by units and apartments which provides many of the beaches patrons.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.metlink.org.nz/


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Beach Water Quality

The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data

Low Risk

Between 1 and 5% risk of illness

Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.

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