Interislander Swim the Lighthouse – 31 January 2021

There’s no doubt that the picture-postcard-worthy Wellington harbour is a firm favourite every year in the Series, and we’re making sure the best of the capital’s waterfront is centre-stage for the 15th year running.

The Interislander Swim the Lighthouse (fondly knowns as the Capital Classic in previous years) is set in the heart of the action, starring the famous fountain and Pt Jerningham lighthouse as well as the pine tree-lined Oriental and Freyberg beaches. Your ‘best weekend story’ is guaranteed on Monday morning at work when you casually mention you swam around the fountain – is a classically-Wellington brag!

The vibrant event base at Freyberg Beach will keep your support crew entertained with an array of family-friendly activities (think sand-castles, beach games and ice blocks!) and inspiring finish-line celebrations.

Swims on offer:

  • Round the Lighthouse – 3.3km
  • Round the Fountain – 1000m
  • Round the Fountain – 500m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids – 100m and 200m (7–10 years)

If you’re traveling to Wellington for this event, be sure to visit our series partner Bachcare for a holiday home rental.

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 Wellington a journey and travel on the Northern Explorer?

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Swimming 500 - 1250m? You will need 1-2 swim sessions per weekSwimming 2 - 3.5km? You will need 2-3 swim sessions per week
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Key Event Information

Interislander
Swim the Lighthouse

Round the Lighthouse

Distance: 3.3km Start Location: Oriental Bay Swimming 2 - 3.5km? You will need 2-3 swim sessions per week
Round the Lighthouse

Interislander
Swim the Lighthouse

Round the Fountain

Distance: 1000m Start Location: Oriental Bay Swimming 500 - 1250m? You will need 1-2 swim sessions per week
Round the Fountain

Interislander
Swim the Lighthouse

Round the Fountain

Distance: 500m Start Location: Oriental Bay Swimming 500 - 1250m? You will need 1-2 swim sessions per week
Round the Fountain

Interislander
Swim the Lighthouse

Banana Boat OceanKids

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