Beside the seaside accommodation at Days Bay, Eastbourne, Wellington

Days Bay is a favourite location for artists, writers, beach lovers, fishing enthusiasts, and home to the little blue penguin.

Quaint historic cottages and modern homes designed with architectural flair overlook the bay's picturesque sheltered beach. New Zealand's best known short story writer, Katherine Mansfield, drew her story At the Bay from memories of her Days Bay holidays.

Opposite the Days Bay wharf and the safe clear waters of the bay is Williams Park - a favourite spot for picnics, tennis, petanque, bush walks to stunning views, or just feeding the ducks. Enjoy the food and atmosphere of the Days Bay Pavilion, with live music on Sunday evenings.

The award-winning Cobar Restaurant is famous for its fine food and Prince William popping in for lunch. Chocolate Dayz Cafe and Cotti are other favourites in the bay.

Van Helden Gallery offers a great selection of New Zealand art and craft, and don't forget to view Janet Andrews' evocative paintings at Southlight Studio.

Hikers and bikers can enjoy the coastal track to historic Pencarrow Lighthouse. Bike and canoe hire is available in the summer from the Days Bay Boatshed.

Matiu–Somes Island, just ten minutes by ferry from Days Bay, is an historical and scientific reserve and bird sanctuary, and houses tuatara, giant weta and other endangered species.


Award winning Cobar Restaurant
Award-winning Cobar Restaurant

Days Bay beach with the grandchildren
Robyn, Roger and grandchildren

Haere mai. Maori waka visits Days Bay
Maori waka visits Days Bay