Lyall Bay is one of Wellington’s most popular beaches. It is very accessible to all Wellington people and is on the main bus route. Surfers are the largest beach user at Lyall Bay and can be found here year round if there is a swell running. The beach is generally safe for swimming during summer although cold. Swimmers should remain around the centre of the beach where conditions are safest and the Lifeguarding Service is provided.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Scuba diving
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Boat launching
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
Forecast provided by SwellMap.com
Safety at Lyall Bay
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Lyall Bay Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm between 8 December 2018 and 24 February 2019.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 6:30pm during 17 December 2018 to 25 January 2019.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
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The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Lyall Bay is located 5 kilometres south of central city Wellington. The bay is 1.6 kilometres in length with grey sand and the entire beach is backed by a seawall. Both Maranui and Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club are located at this beach. There is a large boulder seawall along the eastern headland and this is the location for the Wellington International and domestic airport. The bay is backed by residential housing and this extends around the western headland towards Houghton Bay. The beach has a large permanent residence and gets many beach users from the Wellington District. The beach is popular year round although the water remains relatively cold.
Beach Water Quality
The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.
Overall recreation risk
The long term risk status based on three years of data
- Between 1 and 5% risk of illness
Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.