Restoring and strengthening Lyall Bay Beach

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

Lyall Bay sand dunes planted

Block wall extension at eastern end of the beach – complete

We have extended the existing block wall along the middle section of the beach that previously had wire mesh fencing.

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.

The image shows the rocks added to protect the edge of the Dorrie Leslie Park in Lyall Bay.

Protecting the edge of Dorrie Leslie Park

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

Surfers' Corner car park

Changes were needed at Surfers' Corner car park due to the damage it has suffered repeatedly from high seas and storms.

We worked with members of the community to determine the final design of the car park area at Surfers' Corner, and to make sure enough parking remains for people using the beach.

Construction of the new car park

Construction of a new car park started in March 2018 and is now complete. We have done landscaping work, which involved the placement of rocks and planting. 

Removal of damaged parts of Surfers' Corner car park

We removed the damaged part of the Surfers' Corner car park and reinstated a dune in this area. This work was completed October 2018.

Map showing the carpark area (2.4MB PDF)

Planting of the dunes

We have planted the dunes with thousands of pingao and spinifex plants. We have also been planting native coastal shrubs along the edge of Dorrie Leslie Park, where the rock armouring has occurred, to create habitat and soften the effect of the work.

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