Mountains to Sea Events

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Porirua Guardians celebration 2019 – Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Awarua o Porirua

Our Porirua Guardians celebration, formerly known as Kaitiaki ki a Kāpiti, is open for nominations. We invite any individuals or groups working in an environmental project in the Porirua catchment to come and share their work with friends, whānau and wider community. Furthermore, a panel of judges will select the most outstanding projects to win an overnight trip to Kāpiti Island. Click here for more information.

Take a look at some of our past events.

Freshwater Hui. 7 June 2019.

A full day hui and workshop for community groups, individuals, organisations, scientists and those who share a passion for making a difference for our waterways. This will be held in Lower Hutt Events Centre from 8.45- 4.30 on Friday 7th June, Further details and registrations will be open from late March. Please email for further information or to join the mailing list for this and other freshwater events. See Proceedings from our 2016 hui held in Wellington


Kāpiti Community Snorkel. 23rd February 2019.

Another fastastic day out at the Kāpiti Marine Reserve with support from the Department of Conservation, Kāpiti Eco Tours and the Guardians of Kāpiti Island Marine Reserve. We look forward to doing it again next year! Lorna Doogan's photos from the day can be found here.

Whitieria Park Community Snorkel. 2nd March 2019. 10am – 3.30pm.

Our annual Seaweek snorkel at Whitireia Park took place again this year with support from Greater Wellington Regional Council. See photos from this event at our facebook album

Taputeranga Marine Reserve celebration. 7th December 2018, 12.30pm.

Over 800 students from around Wellington joined us to celebrate Taputeranga Marine Reserves 10th Birthday! This fantastic day was supported by the Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Wellington Community Trust, Wellington City Council and with support from many others. Te Kawa Robbs photos from the day can be found here

Kaitiaki ki a Kāpiti 2018. 8th & 9th December

The annual trip by the Mountains to Sea Wellington Trust aims to immerse Porirua students in island life to inspire and celebrate their kaitiaki (guardian) projects of the year. This year 7 students from around Porirua represented their region. More info on their projects can be found on our Kaitiaki Projects page

Taputeranga Community Snorkel Day. 15th December 2018, 10am-4pm.

Join us to celebrate 10 years of Taputeranga Marine Reserve with a free guided community snorkel!

Taputeranga Community Snorkel. 26th January 2019. 10am–4pm.

Come and explore first hand the closest marine reserve to a capital city! 10 years of protection make this a wonderful underwater experience. All gear provided, just turn up on the day and enjoy a free snorkel. This event was supported by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Photos from the day can be found here

Wednesday 17th October 5pm - 6pm & Saturday 27th October 9.30am - 10.30am

In preparation for the start of the snorkel season, we are hosting two volunteer pre-season meetups. These are a chance to find out more about snorkelling with us, meet other like-minded volunteers and learn tips and tricks for being a snorkel guide (as well as cover some all-important health and safety stuff). For more information or to RSVP please contact

South Coast Clean up. 15th September 2018, 10.30am - 12pm

Mountains to Sea Wellington will be hosting the Island Bay section of this year’s South Coast clean-up. Meeting point: The Esplanade, Island Bay. Opposite Shorland Park. Followed by a BBQ at Lyall Bay at 12.30pm. Please bring your own gardening or rubber gloves (we want to try to use less throw away one!)

Restoration Day. Saturday 26th May. Silverstream Retreat.

Restoration Day is the annual conference for community groups and individuals involved in environmental restoration projects around the Wellington region. This event celebrates restoration successes and provides opportunities to learn from other community groups and experts in the field. Join us for a day of connections and learning. Click here for full event details

10th Anniversary Taputeranga MR Photo Bioblitz - 31st May

Sign up to Nature Watch and join the Friends of Taputeranga Bioblitz Project from 19 – 26th May recording all the species in the marine reserve. Final entry day is the 31st May. Details for the blitzs can be found at Friends of Taputeranga Marine reserve or Click here for full event details

Community Freshwater Monitoring, Ōtari Wilton's Bush - April 8th, 2018

FULLY BOOKED – Full-day workshop (9:30am – 4:30pm) at Otari Wilton’s Bush, identifying the opportunities and tools available for communities to monitor freshwater. Click here for full event details

Tuna Trails, Bothamley Park, Porirua - April 7th, 2018

Come explore the awa of Bothamley Park – Food, Art, Science and Action – and celebrate the young kaitiaki of Porirua. Photos from the day can be found here.

Citizen Science Symposium, Te Papa - Monday 9th April, 2018

MTSW Educator and Scientist, Liz Gibson, presents ‘Aquatic Citizen Science’ at Citizen Science Symposium 2018. Click here for full event details

Kau Bay Community Snorkel - 17th March, 2018

Snorkel in the coastal waters of Kau Bay on the Miramar Peninsular. Click here to see the Photo Gallery from this event.

Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust, Wānanga 2018 - 21-23 April, 2018

An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation. Te Āwhina Marae, Motueka. Click here for full event details

SeaWeek - Explore Whitireia Coast Snorkel - March 3rd and 11th, 2018

Come and snorkel the coastal waters of Whitireia Park. Click here to see the Photo Gallery from this event.

Kāpiti Island Marine Reserve Community Snorkel - Feb 25th, 2018

Free community snorkel in the stunning Kāpiti Island Marine Reserve. Click here to see the Photo Gallery from this event.

Titahi Bay Community Snorkel - Feb 17, 2018

Free community snorkel at Titahi Bay. Click here to see the Photo Gallery from this event.

Freshwater Hui 2016

A part of our work with the Whitebait Connection programme, the team held a freshwater Hui for community groups and organisations involved in freshwater management, science and restoration from across the greater Wellington region in May 2016. The hui has led to a range of collaborations and projects, and a strengthening of partnerships in the region. The hui proceedings and presentations can be found here.

Taputeranga Community Snorkel - Feb 10th, 2018

Free community snorkel in the stunning Taputeranga Marine Reserve in Island Bay! Click here to see the Photo Gallery from this event.