Around 10km southeast of the city centre, Wellington’s airport occupies a narrow isthmus between Evans Bay and Lyall Bay. Making your way there from downtown you’ll see a number of sculptures that use the wind to create movement or sound, all part of Wellington embracing its “Windy City” tag. Beyond the airport is the Miramar Peninsula, a collection of suburbs and picturesque beaches, including Scorching Bay, a crescent of white sand 13km east of the city centre, which has safe swimming and a play area. Miramar is the hub of New Zealand’s film industry. You can visit the peninsula as part of a movie tour.

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