Other than the views of Mount Victoria and the Cable Car, there’s perhaps no better symbol of Wellington than Oriental Bay with its various waterfront walks and sections of quality sandy beach that can be found mere metres from development on the city shoreline. This is the spot where the combination of Wellington’s culinary, artistic and entertainment offerings all blend seamlessly into a great stretch for a walk, with visitors able to explore as much or as little of the foreshore as they like. The area is a hub for activities and is always busy with people enjoying all of its offerings, whether it’s swimming in the sea or public pool, stopping to enjoy an ice cream on a warm day, going for a jog or simply relaxing in the sun. From the waterfront, visitors can get a wonderful view of Wellington city during a walk around its curved layout, and its array of pine trees that dot the area at regular intervals can provide shelter from the sun. There are plenty of high quality cafes and restaurants littered throughout Oriental Bay offering everything from cheap sausage rolls and meat pies all the way up to international-quality cuisine, as well as an array of bars for those who want to quench their thirst while getting a great outlook onto the harbour and beyond. Considerable investment has gone into developing and expanding the foreshore by local council. Over time they’ve added playgrounds, well-equipped toilet and shower facilities, impressive fountains, plenty of parking and some quality landscaping that makes the foreshore a key focal point of the city as a whole, easy to enjoy at both day and night.