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.


Evans Bay

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.


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.


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.


Boat ramps

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.


Mural Walk

View the area through an inspired artistic lens and experience a striking splash of colour. Go for a walk and join the mural movement.

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