Things to do nearby
There are a range of nearby activities.
Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC)
63 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie
Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre is a sports-mecca for all things aquatic. It offers recreational swimming including diving boards, platforms, inflatables and a slippery pole plus a delightful toddler and spash area. Its education programmes suitable for pre-school through to tertiary level include: Learn To Swim, Water Safety, Kayaking, Snorkelling, Diving, Flipperball, Kiwisurf and Water Polo. Look out for the regular national and international water-sport meets open to the public.
Kilbirnie Recreation Centre
101 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie
Adjacent to WRAC, Kilbirnie Recreation Centre is a wheels mecca. It is designed to cater for wheel-based activities including skateboarding, scootering, roller and inline skating. Tinytown offers a safe, fun, interactive play area with ride-on toys and high energy activities for preschoolers. It is a 20m by 40m concrete rink with sport court flooring including netting and barriers and can be booked for sporting and family events. Wellington's Richter City Roller Derby use it for their training rink.
To find out what's on visit Facilities and centres - Kilbirnie Recreation Centre - Wellington City Council
Ruth Gotleib (Kilbirnie) Library
101 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie
This is a large, welcoming library with comfortable seating. There is free WiFi and activities for all ages - to find out what's on visit Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library (wcl.govt.nz)
ASB Sports Centre
72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie
One of the biggest sports centres in the Greater Wellington Region. Hosting 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
The jewel in the crown! A magnet for families, dog walking, surfers and people watching. It is home to Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club which was formed in 1910 and was the first club in NZ to patrol with a reel and line, and Maranui Surf Life Saving Club, which 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 alongside this beautiful beach is free; with ice-cream, fish'nchups and coffees all nearby.
The Meridian Wind Sculpture Walk
The Evans Bay Marina 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
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 and it is just round the corner from Destination KRL. 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. http://wetaworkshop.com/visit-us/the-weta-cave/Kilbirnie