Free things to do
Here are some free things to do in Kilbirnie. With two bays, there’s always something free to do in the fresh air out here.
Lyall Bay Beach
popular with swimmers, surfers, kite surfers, and walkers. Lyall Bay is the first place in New Zealand to see modern surfing, when Hawaiian surf pioneer Duke Kahanamoku rode our waves in February 1915. Access from Lyall Parade.
sheltered swimming at Hataitai Beach, and breezy sailing out in the bay. Access from Evans Bay Parade.
Great Harbour Way/Te Aranui o Poneke
walkway and cycleway around Wellington Harbour/Te Whanganui a Tara. It covers our northern shore at Evans Bay beside Chobham Drive, and our south coast through Lyall Parade. http://www.greatharbourway.org.nz/
Mount Albert/Southern Walkway
our local summit, with views in all directions over the airport, Lyall Bay, and Cook Strait. Follow the Southern Walkway to climb from north or south. https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/maps/files/southern.pdf
Truby King House & Gardens
child health advocate Sir Truby King designed this hillside garden perched high above Kilbirnie. His mausoleum is part of the garden to this day. Manchester Tce, Melrose.
Evans Bay south end, between Evans Bay Marina and Evans Bay Yacht Club, usable in all weather conditions, ample car parking; Dorrie Leslie Park, opposite Hungerford Road; Tarakena Bay (maintained by Wellington International Airport).
Dog play areas
get off the leash at the eastern (Airport) end of Lyall Bay beach, and on the grass in Dorrie Leslie Park to the southwest.
Meridian Wind Sculpture Walk
turning our famous winds into art, this series of sculptures lines Chobham Drive alongside Evans Bay.
View the area through an inspired artistic lens and experience a striking splash of colour. Go for a walk and join the mural movement. https://kilbirnie.org.nz/about-kilbirnie/whats-happening/36-mural-walk