|to the north||Wellington (Lambton) Harbour|
|to the east||Roseneath|
|to the south||Mount Victoria|
|to the west||Te Aro|
Oriental Bay is situated against the northern slope of Wellington, 1.5 km southeast of the city centre, at the start of a coastal route which continues past Hataitai round Evans Bay. The suburb was named after one of the first ships to bring settlers to Wellington.
According to the 2006 census, Oriental Bay has a population of slightly over a thousand people.
The Carter Fountain, situated in the bay itself, is a distinctive feature of Oriental Bay.