On the Eastern side of the Peninsula lies Scorching Bay, a favourite beach amongst locals for its golden sand and clear blue water, which comes alive on a scorching hot summer’s day. Take a dip, have a picnic, play a round of beach cricket and sweeten your afternoon with a Wellington-famous milkshake from Scorch-o-Rama café – adorned with plenty of ‘nostalgic and nerdy’ comic book covers and memorabilia. Further down the road, the Eastern Walkway is a scenic 2-hour loop walk leading you along a picturesque native forest ridgeline before meandering around the coastline – with WWII-era observational posts, historical Māori sites and harbour views aplenty.
Finish your evening with a cold brew at Double Vision Brewery’s Taproom, just down the road from our HQ on Park Road. Open from Thursday to Sunday, taste your way through the latest innovative beers on tap, brewed on-site or Guest Taps from across the country. Their chicken wings are also a must-try!
Then, head to the Roxy Cinema to enjoy dinner at Coco, before settling in for a blockbuster flick in the beautifully restored art deco theatre. A true gem in Wellington’s film history, it originally opened as the Capitol Theatre in 1928 and screened silent, black-and-white, and then colour films until the mid-1960’s.
After decades of derelict, it was restored and re-opened by Jamie Selkirk and our co-founders Sir Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger in 2011, and now boasts custom-made Italian leather seats, 1930’s-esque décor, a mesmerising Sistine Chapel-sized ceiling painting and even an actual Oscar trophy on display. Even the filmmakers at nearby Park Road Post Production will occasionally pop down to use the state-of-the-art screens and sound systems, to see how their content will look like in a real cinema environment.
So grab yourself a speciality cocktail from a top mixologist, peruse the pictures of A-list celebrity guests gracing the walls, then take your seat. It’s a favourite amongst Wellingtonian moviegoers – and is the perfect way to round out your day exploring the magnificent Miramar Peninsula – a film-lover’s paradise.