Love My City: Scorching Bay

This post is part of the monthly blogging event Love My City, where bloggers share hidden gems and places worth talking about in their own city. This month, the event is hosted by Genie over at Bunny Eats Design.  Love My City idea was created by Jules at The Kiwi Diaries.  Go and check out both of these New Zealand based bloggers!

Last Sunday, the sun was shining so we drove over to Scorching Bay, along the Miramar peninsula, about 15 minutes drive from the city centre of Wellington.  This is a really popular sandy inner-harbour bathing beach which is surprisingly sheltered from the northerly wind which was blowing on Sunday.


View from Scorching Bay


Another view from Scorching Bay

Our primary reason for going there was to have lunch/brunch at Scorch-O-Rama, a cafe (which is licensed if you fancy a beer or glass of wine) by the shore.  It’s always buzzing with people, and has a great atmosphere.  There are three sections – one indoors, with a wall decorated with comic covers featuring superheroes, a conservatory area, and some seating outside for when the weather is good.



I opted for one of the more brunch options, the Babe Benedict (named after the pig in the film), which was eggs benedict with some excellent ham, all on a brioche base.  It was rich and delicious and perfect brunch material.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good photograph.  I was obviously too eager to eat it!  I had some first class fresh orange juice with it.

IMG_4475Blurry photo of food I was obviously eager to eat

Karl opted for one of his favourites, the BLAT (ie bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwich) served with chips and a garlic mayo, which he said was excellent.


BLAT and chips served in a tea cup

Other things to see in Scorching Bay include this shell wall art for want of a better description, depicting things of the sea. It’s great fun and worth taking a bit of time to look at.  There are also occasional penguins to be seen too, if the road sign is to be believed.




Lighthouse and mermaid


Me looking for penguins

If you are ever in Wellington and just fancy a short trip out of the city, then pop along to Scorching Bay for a beach and some good food – an excellent combination.




  1. Babe Benedict? well hell yeah! hahaha you got me there.
    Oh everything look amazing, I will definitely be adding Scorching Bay to my bucket list.
    Lovely addition to our love my city event. Thank you.

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