In Focus

Things to do in Kilbirnie

 Kilbirnie has a range of activities to offer locals and visitors in or within a very short distance from the suburb centre.

‘Located as a gateway to the eastern and southern suburbs, Kilbirnie has a range of activities to offer locals and visitors in or within a very short distance from the suburb centre.

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC) (5mins walk)

63 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre has aquatic education programmes suitable for pre-school through to tertiary level. Programmes include: Learn To Swim, Water Safety, Kayaking, Snorkelling, Diving, Flipperball, Kiwisurf and Water Polo. Recreational swimming including diving boards, platforms, inflatables and a slippery pole.

Kilbirnie Recreation Centre (5 min walk)

101 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie

Adjacent to WRAC, Kilbirnie Recreation Centre is designed to cater for wheel-based activities including skateboarding, scootering, and roller and inline skating.

  • 20m by 40m concrete rink with sport court flooring, 1.5m barrier and safety netting.
  • Removable ramps and obstacles - these dominate the rink during public skating times.
  • Tinytown - a safe, fun, interactive play area with ride-on toys and high energy activities for preschoolers.

To find out what's on visit Facilities and centres - Kilbirnie Recreation Centre - Wellington City Council

Ruth Gotleib (Kilbirnie) Library (3 min walk)

101 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie

There is free WiFi and activities for all ages at the local library. To find out what's on visit  Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library (

ASB Sports Centre (7 min walk)

72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie

12 sprung-floor courts available for hire, suitable for most indoor sports and recreation activities, Spectator seating for up to 2,200 people, Changing rooms, Café, free onsite car parks and Wi-Fi. To find out what's on visit Facilities and centres - ASB Sports Centre - Wellington City Council

Lyall Bay beach (20 min walk or catch No 3 bus) 

Lyall Bay is Wellington’s most popular surf beach. It offers a kids playground, walking, picnics, dog walking, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and kayaking.

It is home to two surf lifesaving clubs: 

  • Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club, 1 Lyall Parade It was formed in 1910 and was the first club in NZ to patrol with a reel and line.
  • Maranui Surf Life Saving Club, 7 Lyall Parade It was formed in 1911 and has been actively training surf lifeguards and providing voluntary patrols at Oriental Bay and other Wellington City Beaches. The word "Maranui" means "long sands" and was used by Maori to describe an abundance of sand and sea.

Parking is free. Beachfront parking along Lyall Bay Parade. 

The Meridian Wind Sculpture Walk (10 min walk)

Evans Bay Marina

The walkway consists of 5 sculptures as part of the Meridian Energy Wind Sculpture Series. The terrain is flat however the location is one of the most exposed in Wellington therefore expect a lot of wind. The sculptures are designed to respond to this environment and are best viewed on a windy day.

  • Sculptures on this walk include:
  • Zephyrometer, Phil Price
  • Urban Forest, Leon van den Eijkel, in collaboration with Allan Brown
  • Akau Tangi, Phil Dadson (currently the cones are down for repairs)
  • Tower of Light, Andrew Drummond
  • Pacific Grass, Kon Dimopoulos

The Weta Cave (7 min drive)

1 Weka St, Miramar

Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries. Entry to the Weta Cave with its museum and film screening is absolutely free. Tours run every hour from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week.