Interislander Bean Rock Swim – 12 February 2022

After being on our calendar for the first time in 2021, the Interislander Bean Rock Swim is back (of course!) and for 2022 we proudly introduce an Amphibian to the programme!

The Interislander Bean Rock Swim is shaping up to be an amazing afternoon, and evening, of ocean swimming, running along the waterfront, music, food, activities and hopefully that spectacular Auckland sunshine!

This is your chance to swim from the lively beachfront of Mission Bay out and around the back of the largest navigational marker in the Waitemata Harbour – the Bean Rock Lighthouse. Did you know Bean Rock is the only remaining wooden cottage-style lighthouse in New Zealand and only one of a very few in the world? It’s a must swim event!

Plus in keeping with our ‘bean’ theme, the crew of Interislander will be there to replenish your energy levels with jelly beans!

Swims on offer:

  • Full Bean – 3.2km
  • Half Bean – 1600m
  • Quarter Bean – 800m
  • Amphibian – Swim 500m/Run 3km/Swim 350m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids 100m and 200m (7–12 years)

Key Event Information

Course Maps

Bean Rock Swim

Amphibian Swim/Run/Swim

Distance: 500m Swim/3km Run/350m Swim Start Location: Swimming 500 - 1250m? You will need 1-2 swim sessions per week
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Amphibian Swim/Run/Swim

Bean Rock Swim

Banana Boat OceanKids

Distance: 100m & 200m Start Location: Mission Bay Beach
Banana Boat OceanKids

Pricing & Benefits

Start Times & Event Timetable

Event Day General Info

Event location

The event headquarters is located at Mission Bay Beach in Auckland.

Swim pack pickup

Multi-Event Pass Holders (If you have entered two or more swims in the Series).

If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can pick up your swim pack on Friday 11 February between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm from the main event site on Mission Bay Beach or on Saturday 12 February between 1:00 pm -3:30 pm from the main event site on Mission Bay Beach.

Individual event entry

If you entered The Bean Rock Swim as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned). You can collect your swim pack Saturday 12 February from the main event site on Mission Bay Beach as follows:

Full Bean 3.2km: 1:00  – 3:30 pm

Half Bean 1600m: 1:00  – 3:30 pm

Quarter bean 800m: 1:00  – 3:30 pm

Amphibian Swim / Run / Swim: 5:00 – 6:45 pm

Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m: 1:00  – 2:30 pm

Amphibian Swim/Run/Swim: 5:00 – 6:45 pm

Cut-off times

For safety reasons and to ensure the day runs to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.

Full Bean 3.2km- 2hrs

Half Bean 1600m- 1hr

Quarter Bean 800m- 30mins

Amphibian Swim/Run/Swim:

Banana Boat OceanKids 100m- 5mins,  Banana Boat OceanKids 200m- 10mins

Age limits

Full Bean 3.2km- 12 years and above

Half Bean 1600m- 12 years and above

Quarter Bean 800m- 10 years and above

Amphibian Swim/Run/Swim:  12 years and above

Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m 7-10 year olds

Swim caps & start groups

As part of your swim pack you will receive a silicon swim cap. Each start group has a different coloured cap. Start groups are determined by the speed group you selected in the entry form.

The start groups are calculated by our operations team and are organised by speed groups & entry numbers. These can vary from event to event and we are reluctant to change these as it can affect results.


Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day

Post event nutrition

Once you have crossed the finish line one of our awesome crew will be there to meet you with some SOS Hydration or water and a Banana. You will also receive a Tasti bar with your swim pack

BYO drink bottle

As part of our goal to have a greener footprint, we will no longer be offering drinking cups so please remember to bring your own drink bottle. Thanks to the awesome team at SOS Hydration, you can fill your bottle with SOS or water. Look out for our new water station and stay hydrated!


There will be one prizegiving at this event.  The Full Bean 3.2km & Half Bean 1600m swim prizegiving will be held at 6:06 pm at the main event site on Mission Bay Beach. There are medals for overall winners male & female and age groups. All swimmers are welcome to stay around to celebrate and be in to win some awesome spot prizes including a blueseventy wetsuit. You have to be there to win!

The Amphibian prizegiving will be held directly after the event finishes.

Spot prizes

Spot prizes are randomly drawn at each compulsory safety briefing. Listen for your name and go to the registration tent after your swim and collect your prize.

Amphibian details

To make the Interislander Bean Rock Swim event better we have added an Amphibian – 500m Swim / 3km Run / 350m Swim to the 2022 lineup!  This event gives you a new perspective of the beautiful Mission Bay Beach and another event to tackle this summer.

More information to come!

Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland

Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is an urban oasis. It’s where sparkling waters and lush landscapes meet city sophistication.

World-class shopping and phenomenal dining are never too far from harbours, islands, native bush and black-sand beaches. Go sky diving or whale watching, hike an ancient volcanic cone, sip local award-winning wine, or star gaze from the International Dark Sky Sanctuary of Great Barrier Island.

A multicultural city bursting with life, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland offers a host of rich cultural, creative and sporting events, festivals and theatre productions

1. Shop up a storm

Spend time exploring the shopping precincts, offering a world-class collection of boutique and designer stores, alongside art, electronics, jewellery, homewares, and high street fashion.

2. Please your palate

Auckland’s thriving food scene incudes an abundance of seafood, fresh produce and distinctive wines. Delight your culinary senses at an uber-cool eatery or head to a lively night market.

3. Hit the beach

You’re never far from the sea, whether it’s the black-sand surf beaches on the wild west coast or urban beaches close to the city centre.

4. Discover island time

Auckland’s magnificent Hauraki Gulf has over 50 beautiful islands, most are just a short ferry ride from the city centre, including Waiheke Island.

5. Dine by the sea

Dine overlooking the water at Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter, or pop over the Harbour Bridge to Takapuna for a laidback lunch by the beach.

6. Get out on the water

Experience Auckland’s sparkling harbours by sea kayak, join a dinner cruise or take a spin on a high-speed jet boat.

7. Bottle your taste buds with Auckland’s wineries

Spend a few hours – or a few days – exploring Auckland’s wine regions, where every glass is matched with beautiful scenery.

For more great things to see and do in Auckland, head to



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 Auckland a journey and travel on the Northern Explorer?



All Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series events are patrolled by trained lifeguards and first aid qualified personnel who are present to assist you at all times.

So that the events are safe and enjoyable for all swimmers, there are some rules for the event. Find out more here.

Bag Storage

Bag Storage Area

An area designated to store your gear bag will be available for all event participants. This will be situated at the main event site on Mission Bay. You will need to bring your own small gear bag. Please note, our bag storage service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items.


There is plenty of parking around the event site within walking distance. Please take care to check time limits and any other parking restrictions.


Parking is limited around the main events site on Mission Bay due to roadworks and Round the Bays being held the following day.

We recommend parking in the Downtown Carpark on Customs St West Auckland CBD for location and rates click here.

You can then catch an AT Bus from outside the Downtown Carpark to Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay. Buses leave every 15 mins. To see times and fares click here

Harlequins Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

The Interislander Bean Rock Swim is proud to host the 2021 Harlequins Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships. All swimmers enrolled in a Secondary School (Year 9-13) within the Harlequins 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 3.2km, 1000m & 500m distances. Swimmers will be eligible for both Secondary School and Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals. Entries close Thursday 3 February at 5pm 

For more information visit the Swimming New Zealand website.

Enter by hitting the big yellow button top right!