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Free Community Snorkel | Titahi Bay

17 December, 2022

Come on down to Titahi Bay and join Mountains to Sea Wellington for the first of our free summer community snorkel events.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the beauty of our underwater world. Take a peek at the fascinating array of marine organisms that live right here on our doorstep, out of sight, just under the surface.

Beginner snorkelers are encouraged (but you must be comfortable in the water).

We provide all the gear free of charge and will also buddy you up with an experienced snorkel guide to facilitate the best experience possible.

Our guides will get you kitted out, answer any fishy questions you might have and generally look after you whilst you take a dive into the salt and spray.

Find out more on our Facebook page or just show up on the day! Come to the Bay Rd entrance at Titahi Bay Beach for registration between 11am and 3pm on December 17.

Freshwater Hui

Nau mai, haere mai, hoki mai!

Unfortunately, with the covid-19 outbreak and extended rāhui, we have decided to postpone the upcoming Freshwater Hui, which was scheduled for the 8th of September. We are currently looking for the next suitable date to host this event where we can all meet together again. Watch this space! We’ve still got an awesome program lined up for you when it does happen and are looking forward to seeing you all in the near future for an inspiring day of kōrero, workshops, and kai!

For more information or to join our freshwater mailing list contact us at

Take a look at some of our past events.

Taputeranga Community Snorkel Day

Participants joined us as we stuck our faces into the big wet to grab a glimpse of the mesmerizing underwater world that exists right on our doorstep. Our team of sensationally skilful, sea-faring, snorkel guides were busy guiding over 400 people around Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Check out the photos on our Facebook albums for the 22nd January and the 29th January events.

CANCELLED – Titahi Bay Community Snorkel Day

CANCELLED – Whitireia Park Community Snorkel Day

Parirua Guardians Competition 2021

We have our winners for the Parirua Guardians competition! Ka nui te mihi ki ēnei tamariki, Kahurangi of Titahi Bay Intermediate and Abigail and Elysha of Discovery School! They have taken some amazing actions to help rebuild the mauri of Te Awarua o Porirua.

Kahurangi shared his voice this year when he and some of his school friends went to the arena for the Porirua City Council long-term plan submission to talk about many things to do with the environment of the city, and provide their written submission. They discussed things like riparian zone planting, community projects that the council was planning, and the big water tank that would be put above the motorway.

Abigail and Elysha have been exploring the Wai o Hata (Duck Creek) that runs across the road from their school. After months of exploration the girls have put together a clear and ambitious restoration plan with the hope of making the stream a healthy thriving home for native creatures.

Thanks to funding from Greater Wellington these three kids and their whānau will be off to Kāpiti Island on Feb 20th, to explore the ngāhere and amazing underwater world of Kāpiti Marine Reserve at our 2022 Community Snorkel Day!

Kāpiti Community Snorkel Day

Just a short boat ride from Paraparaumu beach is the beautiful Kāpiti Island, surrounding which is the breathtaking underwater world of Kāpiti Marine Reserve. The MTSW team and our friends at Kāpiti Island Eco Tours had a day of unforgettable snorkeling and adventure. Check out the amazing photos of the day on our Facebook album.

Love Rimurimu Cocktail Night!

3rd November 2021

Love Rimurimu launched its first public event with a night of Seaweedy cocktails. Over 75 people got to taste for the first time the beverages created by 6 Wellington restaurants and bars for November’s Seaweed Cocktail Month! For more information on the Love Rimurimu project, photos of the evening and future events follow Love Rimurimu’s Facebook page.

Whānau fun! Twilight Tuna?

27th Novembers 2021

Aotearoa’s awa host some amazing creatures! Tuna, kōura, kōkopu. Let’s see what’s living in the waters in our town. Most of them only come out at night, so we grabbed our gummies and torches and went on a night fish mish!

Mountains to Sea Wellington and the Awatotara community went out for an evening for a special spotlighting tour where we explored what lives beneath the surface, learning about the area and sharing the awesome mahi going on to care for these precious places.

Matariki/Puanga Horoeka Reserve Event
28th June 2021

We celebrated Matariki, the Māori New Year, with an event organized by EnviroSchools coordinator Michelle Ducat and the Friends of Horoeka Reserve. The event aimed to connect students with the natural life at Horoeka Reserve, inspire more visits, and facilitate actions to care for Papatūānuku with a Matariki context. Students from Tawhai, Tui Glen, and Koranui school get to spend the day learning about the creatures that reside in the reserve. Mountains to Sea Wellington were called upon to introduce tamariki to the freshwater life found in the stream that runs through the reserve. Claire Reddish of Enviroschools is taking students to find the homes of Pepe Tuna- the giant moth. Horoeka Reserves Pam Harris will guide students around to kitea ngā manu- discover birds. Each student left with a seed ball or planter to help grow native plants that will provide habitat for the creatures they learned about during the event.

Te Taiao Te papa Whānau Day
Postponed – New date TBC

Te Papa is partnering with Mountains to Sea Wellington to provide a fun family field trip to the Ōtari-Wilton Bush. A day of learning about all the creepy crawly critters that live in the stream bed with Julia Kasper, Te Papa’s leading entomologist- bug scientist! Mountains to Sea Wellington will be on site teaching participants proper bug sampling techniques and how to identify them. Julia will demonstrate the way she preserves bug samples in ethanol. Participants can then select a bug they want to study more at the Te Papa pop-up lab at the Whānau Day event.

See updates on the Facebook Event.

Poor Knights Trip
14th May 2021

This year two lucky students represented Wellington at the Poor Knights Islands annual Experiencing Marine reserves students celebration!

Congratulations to Bill for his work on designing Wellington’s first ever Fish Bus! (read his experiences this year here) and Evelyn from Kāpiti Primary who has been helping fish monitoring at Kāpiti Marine Reserve.

The trip also coincided with the 20th year of delivery for Experiencing Marine Reserves. Students from as far north as Waiharara and as far south as Rakiura  – Stewart Island were part of the trip, selected based on their action projects undertaken and enthusiasm they show when studying & experiencing the marine environment. Thirty four students and their guardians from 25 different schools took part.

“It’s been incredible. Absolutely amazing. A life changer for Evelyn, something she never would’ve done otherwise. Absolutely wonderful. The dive was great! We saw a lot of fish, great volumes of fish. It was like something out of a movie. Mark Williamson (parent/guardian) of Evelyn.

Want to go!?! Get involved in EMR this season at one of our community snorkels, through a school education programme and be in with a chance to join the 2022 trip!

City Nature Challenge
30 April-3 May 2021

The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.

For more information visit the event’s website.

Whakarongo ki te taiao
21st March 2021

We celebrated Wairarapa Moana becoming Aotearoa’s seventh wetland of International Significance under the Ramsar Convention. There was music, interactive artworks and a chance to meet some of the creatures that live in the waters of Wairarapa Moana.

Check the event’s photos on our Facebook post.

Word Ocean Day Quiz
8th June 2021

Mountains to Sea Wellington hosted our inaugural pub quiz at our local BREW’d Island bay. The quiz was entirely ocean themed questions, costumes, and prizes! Categories included: general ocean knowledge, kai moana (seafood), sea monsters, pop culture (sea-lebrities), and sexy sea stuff. The quiz was a huge success as we booked out the entire venue to maximum capacity! Don’t worry if you missed out. We will be hosting more of these, so check back in on our Facebook page for this and other upcoming events

Kāpiti Community Snorkel Day.
20th February 2021

We explored one of the oldest marine reserves in New Zealand with over 85 participants. After more than 25 years of protection, Kāpiti Marine Reserve is teeming with life. But the adventure is not completed once we snorkelled. There were  beautiful walks and amazing biodiversity on the island waiting to be discovered.

Whitireia Community Snorkels.
13th & 27th February 2021

Mountains To Sea Wellington, with the support of Greater Wellington Regional Council, organised our annual Whitireia Community Snorkel Days. Exploring the wonders of Porirua Harbour and its seagrass meadows. Spoiler alert: yet another year we bump into one of the largest seahorse species in the world!

Porirua Guardians Celebration 2020

Students working on an environmental action project to help protect and enhance the rivers, harbours or coasts of Porirua you shared their action and won a free family ticket to our annual Kāpiti Island Community Snorkel on the 20th February 2021. See here their adventure!

Taputeranga Community Snorkels.
23rd & 30th January 2021

Mountains To Sea Wellington, with the support of Greater Wellington Regional Council and Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve Trust, invited participants to come jump in the water with us for our annual Taputeranga Community Snorkels.

Percy’s Reserve Heritage Week Event 2020

Mountains to Sea Wellington connected community with the natural heritage around Percy’s Reserve. Public investigated the fish and invertebrates that reside within the freshwater environment of the reserve.

South Coast Clean Up 2020

Mountains to Sea Wellington hosted the West Island Bay section of the 2020 South Coast Clean-Up. 405 participants attended the 11th edition of this community event and helped get the south coast clean and ready for summer by collecting over 740 kilograms of rubbish.

Kāpiti community Snorkel 2020

Eighty-five snorkel enthusiasts joined us for our annual Kāpiti Island trip. In collaboration with Eco Tours, our team of wonderful volunteers, DoC, The Guardians and EMR, we were able to have a brilliant day immersed in this beautiful marine reserve.

Photos here

Whitireia Park Community Snorkels 2020

29th Feb
Photos here

7th March
Photos here

Follow our Facebook Events to keep up to date with opportunities across the region.

Porirua Guardians Celebration. 26 November 2019. 

Nga Kaitiaki o Te Awarua o Porirua was held on the 26th of November, where students working on environmental projects shared their efforts with friends, whānau and  community.
We had some amazing young people present and  we can’t wait to hear more about their mahi. As in previous years, six lucky students will be selected to join us an overnight trip to Kāpiti Island to recognise their outstanding efforts. Follow their journey on our Facebook page OR wait for photos which will be updated here soon!

Taputeranga Marine Reserve Community Snorkels 2020

25 January
Photos here

1 February
Photos here

Follow our Facebook Events to keep up to date with opportunities across the region.

Donald Creek Stream Celebration! 30th November.

Come along to a fun-filled, freshwater family event and complete the Kaitiakitanga Challenge! We will be celebrating the great mahi achieved so far by St Teresa’s student kaitiakitanga and all of the epic supporters who are helping to restore the freshwater ecosystem. Learn more at

Check out the Facebook Event

Where: Donald’s Creek Restoration site, between SH2 and SH53.   Access to event from Donald Street (north end) approximately 50m up from crn of Revans. We recommend biking or walking to the site! Parking also available on Donald Street.
ATTN: NO PARKING or access to site at any time during event on SH53.

LUSH EVENT! Fundraiser. 1 December. OLD BANK ARCADE.

Our supporters at LUSH are running a full day fund-raiser for Mountains To Sea Wellington. Every ‘Charity Pot’ proceeds going directly to supporting our marine education programmes. Wahoo!

Check out the Facebook Event

We’ll also be there in the afternoon to talk Seaweed Bath bombs and our work with young people and marine restoration.

10th South Coast Clean Up. 21st September

CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! Mountains to Sea Wellington hosted the Island Bay section of this year’s South Coast clean-up. The site had a record 55 participants with over 200 Litres of rubbish removed from the beach.

Bothamley Park Stream Clean Up. 20th September

CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! We joined Conservation Volunteers NZ for a stream clean up  and showed our native freshwater fish. The students of Natone Park School, who have been working on this stream for number of years, were involved in the event.

Kaiwharawhara Spring Stream Clean. 18th & 21st September

CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! The Kaiwharawhara stream got two clean ups throughout its catchment at Bridwood Reserve and Silverstream Road. Rubbish was audited for NIWA’s Rivers as Plastic Vectors project.

Pou Aruhe. Wetland Planting Day.   Lake Onoke. 19th September

CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! We helped restore this precious wetland habitat for our native freshwater fish and birds. We joined the Department of Conservation  and the students from Wairarapa Moana for this Conservation Week event.  This public  planting contributed to a project helping restore the Pou Aruhe wetland.

Conservation Showcase. 15th September 2019.

CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT!  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Conservation Week, we joined Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council in honouring all the fantastic community groups involved in conservation and promoting biodiversity in our region. 

Freshwater Hui. 7 June 2019.

This full day hui and workshop for community groups, individuals, organisations, scientists and those who share a passion for making a difference for our waterways was held in Lower Hutt Events Centre on Friday 7th June. Please email to join the mailing list for other freshwater events. See Proceedings from our 2019 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.