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?

NZSS Open Water Champs All Stars logo

2021 All Stars Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

The Interislander Swim the Lighthouse is proud to host the 2021 All Stars Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships. All swimmers enrolled in a Secondary School (Year 9-13) within the All Stars Zone on the date of this event can opt to compete in these championships by selecting their school in the entry form. Championship swim distances include a 500m, 1000m and 3300m. Swimmers will be eligible for both Secondary School and Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals. For more information visit the Swimming New Zealand website. Enter by hitting the big yellow button top right!

Free with your swim entry

  • Silicon swimming cap (you wear on event day)
  • Digital finishers certificate
  • Branded finish line photo (digital sharing quality)
  • Electronic timing device
  • Sports drink, thanks to SOS Hydration, and a banana and more to refuel post event
  • Trained lifeguards to watch over you while you swim and advanced medical personnel on site
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Key Event Information

Swim the Lighthouse

Banana Boat OceanKids

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