Interislander Bean Rock Swim – 27 February 2021

The City of Sails is about to be the ‘City of Swims’, as we proudly introduce the Interislander Bean Rock Swim to the Series for the first time, joining our other two events in Tamaki Makaurau.

A familiar favourite on the local ocean swimming calendar for many years, 2021 will mark the 10th time this event has taken place, and is your chance to swim from the lively beachfront of Mission Bay out and around the back of the largest navigational marker in the Waitemata Harbour – the Bean Rock Lighthouse. Plus in keeping with our ‘bean’ theme, everyone gets a bag of free jellybeans at the finish line to replenish your energy levels!

What could possibly be more ‘Auckland’ than taking part in an ocean swim surrounded by other fitness fans,  followed by a leisurely lunch in a waterfront café and stroll along Tamaki Drive on a Saturday…

Swims on offer:

  • Full Bean – 3.2km
  • Half Bean – 1600m
  • Quarter Bean – 800m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids 100m and 200m (7–10 years)

Key Event Information

Course Maps

Bean Rock Swim

Half Bean

Distance: 1600m Start Location: Mission Bay Beach
Half Bean

Bean Rock Swim

Banana Boat OceanKids

Distance: 100m & 200m Start Location: Mission Bay Beach
Banana Boat OceanKids

Pricing & Benefits

Start Times & Event Timetable

Event Day General Info

Event location

The event headquarters is located at Mission Bay Beach in Auckland.

Swim pack pickup

Multi-Event Pass Holders (If you have entered two or more swims in the Series).

If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can pick up your swim pack on Friday 26 February between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm from the main event site on Mission Bay Beach or on Saturday 27 February between 5:30 -7:15 am from the main event site on Mission Bay Beach.

Individual event entry

If you entered The Bean Rock Swim as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned). You can collect your swim pack Saturday 27 February from the main event site on Mission Bay Beach as follows:

Full Bean 3.2km: 5:30  – 7:15 am

Half Bean 1600m: 6:30 – 8:00 am

Quarter bean 800m: 7:30 – 8:40 am

Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m: 8:50 – 10:25 am

Cut-off times

For safety reasons and to ensure the day runs to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.

Full Bean 3.2km- 2hrs

Half Bean 1600m- 1hr

Quarter Bean 800m- 30mins

Banana Boat OceanKids 100m- 5mins,  Banana Boat OceanKids 200m- 10mins

Age limits

Full Bean 3.2km- 12 years and above

Half Bean 1600m- 12 years and above

Quarter Bean 800m- 10 years and above

Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m 7-10 year olds

Swim caps & start groups

As part of your swim pack you will receive a silicon swim cap. Each start group has a different coloured cap. Start groups are determined by the speed group you selected in the entry form.

The start groups are calculated by our operations team and are organised by speed groups & entry numbers. These can vary from event to event and we are reluctant to change these as it can affect results.


Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day

Post event nutrition

Once you have crossed the finish line one of our awesome crew will be there to meet you with some SOS Hydration or water and a Banana. You will also receive a Tasti bar with your swim pack

BYO drink bottle

As part of our goal to have a greener footprint, we will no longer be offering drinking cups so please remember to bring your own drink bottle. Thanks to the awesome team at SOS Hydration, you can fill your bottle with SOS or water. Look out for our new water station and stay hydrated!


There will be one prizegiving at this event.  The Full Bean 3.2km & Half Bean 1600m swim prizegiving will be held at 9:35 am at the main event site on Mission Bay Beach. There are medals for overall winners male & female and age groups. All swimmers are welcome to stay around to celebrate and be in to win some awesome spot prizes including a blueseventy wetsuit. You have to be there to win!

Spot prizes

Spot prizes are randomly drawn at each compulsory safety briefing. Listen for your name and go to the registration tent after your swim and collect your prize.

Travel & Accommodation


If you’re traveling from the South Island, our event partner Interislander can get you across Cook Strait with regular ferry crossings from Picton. If you’re traveling from within the North Island, why not make your trip to Auckland a journey and travel on the Northern Explorer?


Keen to travel to this event? Check out our series partner Bachcare for holiday accommodation in Auckland.

Bachcare is New Zealand’s leading short term rental management company and is excited to be partnering with the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series!

Bachcare is proud to be 100% kiwi owned and manage nearly 2,000 holiday homes throughout the country and growing every day. They have a range of holiday homes from the basic kiwi bach, to luxurious stays for those who want to turn event weekends into a full weekend getaway! Bachcare have 21 holiday homes to choose from in the Auckland region. Book your swim weekend accommodation with Bachcare and save with an exclusive offer to Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim entrants.

Learn more about Bachcare here.


Our talented support team from Surf Life Saving NZ will be on the water every stroke of the way and the team from St John on land. Find out more here.

Bag Storage

Bag Storage Area

An area designated to store your gear bag will be available for all event participants. This will be situated at the main event site on Mission Bay. You will need to bring your own small gear bag. Please note, our bag storage service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items.


Information to come……


Parking is limited around the main events site on Mission Bay due to roadworks and Round the Bays being held the following day.

We recommend parking in the Downtown Carpark on Customs St West Auckland CBD for location and rates click here.

You can then catch an AT Bus from outside the Downtown Carpark to Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay. Buses leave every 15 mins. To see times and fares click here