Introducing Kilbirnie, Rongotai and Lyall Bay



Is Wellington’s playground, with the aquatic centre and facilities for indoor and outdoor sport all year round. Combine your game with a quick and convenient shop, check out the craft and op shops, then catch a tasty feed from different world cuisines. You’ll leave a winner every time.



is where the work gets done. There’s a wide range of clever and creative people busily working away on furniture, vehicles, beer, and even ice cream. Plus there’s shopping opportunities big and small, from New Zealand’s biggest brands right through to crafty wee galleries and specialist outdoor shops. Explore!

Lyall Bay

Lyall Bay

Has Wellington’s Freshest Air©. Walk the dog, catch a wave, spot a plane. Don’t leave without enjoying fish & chips or an ice cream (or both!) by the beach. And if the air is too fresh for you, pop into a local café for fresh food and hot coffee. No need to rush home just yet!

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 (

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.

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