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Oriental Bay is also known as Wellington's very own mini Riviera because of the number of visitors it gets and the view it offers.
With nearly 1500 people, Oriental Bay is a top-rated beach among tourists. Oriental Bay will be packed with families and party people during the summer months. This suburb is suitable for swimming, picnicking, cycling or walking on the waterfront. If swimming is not your thing, you can sit back and relax on the sand whilst admiring the people around, the clear seawater and the beautiful view of Wellington's famous beaches. Visitors can also take their dogs and let them enjoy the view off-leash as well.
The fountain at Oriental Bay is named after Hugh Carter. He was a successful businessman who gifted the fountain to the city. The Carter Fountain was installed in the year 1973. Hugh Carter was very found of Wellington and wanted to develop the city. His love for the sea made him contribute nearly 1 million dollars (in today’s money). The fountain features multicoloured lights synchronized which switches on with street lights and three jet formations. The fountain consists of a wind sensor which doesn’t allow the fountain to perform if the wind is at a high speed. In the perfect weather, the fountain can shoot up to 16 meters of height. During the weekdays (Monday to Friday) the fountain works from 7.30am - 9 am, 12:00 pm - 2 pm, 4.30 pm - 6 pm, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm (till 11 pm only on Fridays) and on the weekends, (Saturday and Sunday) 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
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