Island Bay at Reef St Recreation Ground

Wellington, Wellington

Island Bay is at the end of the City to Sea and Southern walkways, and near the centre of Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Just east of the Bait House, divers and snorkellers can follow offshore reefs on a marked dive trail and see a wide variety of marine life. Divers can also explore the wreck of the navy frigate HMNZS Wellington, which lies east of Taputeranga Island. Shorland Park is just over the road and has plenty of play equipment, BBQs, picnic tables and toilets. A swim raft is moored in this bay during summer months.
Parking:  Car park near Marine Education Centre and on The Esplanade
Accessibility: Easy access
Toilets and changing facilities: Island Bay Surf Club (summer only) and Shoreland Park

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on January 20th, 2022. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on January 20th, 2022 at 3:15 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Island Bay at Reef St Recreation Ground is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

The Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Wellington region.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, the level of Enterococci is determined using predictive modelling year round. Enteroccoci is a faecal indicator bacteria used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water.

See information on recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in this LAWA factsheet: https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/coastal-and-freshwater-recreation-monitoring/

Beach sites are shown as a GREEN swim icon if the latest Enterococci predicted result was within the guidelines (0 - 280 Enterococci / 100 mL).

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest predicted result exceeded standards (280 Enterococci / 100 mL) or is known to frequently exceed the standards or there is a temporary water quality issue outside the routine testing programme (e.g. sewage overflow).

See information on the standards for recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the 'What do the swim icons mean?' LAWA factsheet.

LAWA recommends for all sites, to avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after significant rain, even for sites that normally have good water quality.

A good rule of thumb is to check that you can see your toes in knee deep water.

See www.lawa.org.nz/swim for up to date information on current warnings and alerts, weather conditions, tides, real-time water temperatures, what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

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Island Bay at Reef St Recreation Ground

Wellington, Wellington

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on January 20th, 2022. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on January 20th, 2022 at 3:15 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Island Bay is at the end of the City to Sea and Southern walkways, and near the centre of Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Just east of the Bait House, divers and snorkellers can follow offshore reefs on a marked dive trail and see a wide variety of marine life. Divers can also explore the wreck of the navy frigate HMNZS Wellington, which lies east of Taputeranga Island. Shorland Park is just over the road and has plenty of play equipment, BBQs, picnic tables and toilets. A swim raft is moored in this bay during summer months.
Parking:  Car park near Marine Education Centre and on The Esplanade
Accessibility: Easy access
Toilets and changing facilities: Island Bay Surf Club (summer only) and Shoreland Park

Monitoring Frequency

Island Bay at Reef St Recreation Ground is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

The Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Wellington region.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, the level of Enterococci is determined using predictive modelling year round. Enteroccoci is a faecal indicator bacteria used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water.

See information on recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in this LAWA factsheet: https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/coastal-and-freshwater-recreation-monitoring/

Beach sites are shown as a GREEN swim icon if the latest Enterococci predicted result was within the guidelines (0 - 280 Enterococci / 100 mL).

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest predicted result exceeded standards (280 Enterococci / 100 mL) or is known to frequently exceed the standards or there is a temporary water quality issue outside the routine testing programme (e.g. sewage overflow).

See information on the standards for recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the 'What do the swim icons mean?' LAWA factsheet.

LAWA recommends for all sites, to avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after significant rain, even for sites that normally have good water quality.

A good rule of thumb is to check that you can see your toes in knee deep water.

See www.lawa.org.nz/swim for up to date information on current warnings and alerts, weather conditions, tides, real-time water temperatures, what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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