Restoring and strengthening Lyall Bay Beach

We are working on parts of Lyall Bay beach to make sure this valuable recreational area is protected against future storms.

Lyall Bay beach.

Block wall extension at eastern end of the beach

We are extending the existing block wall along the middle section of the beach that currently only has wire mesh fencing. The new section of the wall will stretch from opposite 2 Lyall Bay Parade to opposite 74 Kingsford Smith Street. 

The storm water pipe in this area will also be extended by about 6m to allow the dune to form and the extended block wall will also help with this. 

During construction, parts of the footpath will be closed and the site isolated using temporary traffic management signs and barriers.

Work will begin in early October 2016. We expect to finish the new stretch of wall in late November 2016.

Erosion at Lyall Bay.

Protecting the edge of Dorrie Leslie Park

In January 2017, work will begin along the western side of the park (along Queens Drive) to regrade the edge of the park and armour it with rock. This work will protect Dorrie Leslie Park from coastal erosion in the future.

Surfers Corner carpark

Changes are needed at Surfers Corner carpark due to the damage it has suffered repeatedly from high seas and storms. 

In 2016, we will be working with members of the community to determine the final design and make sure enough parking remains at Surfers Corner for people using the beach. We will provide more information about this once designs have progressed.

Planting of the dunes

In the winter of 2017, we will continue planting the dunes with thousands of pingao and spinifex plants.

Map showing the different locations of the restoration work in Lyall Bay.

Map of Lyall Bay restoration work


See a map of the Lyall Bay restoration work

This map shows the beach restoration work in context with other planned work in Lyall Bay.


In June 2013, huge swells generated by a southerly storm that lashed Wellington caused widespread damage along the south coast. 

In the winter of 2015, further damage occurred during huge swells.

In 2015, the Council commissioned consultants eCoast to propose options for Lyall Bay that would protect the natural and built coastal infrastructure and reinstate a functioning dune. The Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Rongotai Residents Association, Wellington Boardriders Club and local surf clubs were involved in the report, which has resulted in the projects planned in Lyall Bay over the next few years.

If you would like to receive a copy of the eCoast report, contact Myfanwy Emeny below.

More information

Myfanwy Emeny, Team Leader Urban Ecology

 Phone 04 499 4444