A beautiful sunny, coastal suburb. Relax and watch the water lapping gently on the shore, as fishing boats bob in the harbour.
It’s good suburban living. Safe neighborhood, nice views, and beautiful walks nearby. Good roads and plenty of street parking. And you’re very likely to get a good quality house out here for a good price!
Island Bay is a slow moving coastal suburb, situated 5 km south of the city centre.
Island Bay lies on the bay which shares its name, one of the numerous small bays off Cook Strait and west of Lyall Bay. 500m offshore in Island Bay lies Tapu Te Ranga Island, which forms a natural breakwater and provides a sheltered anchorage for local fishing boats. Spend time with family and friends relaxing at the beach, go exploring around the rocks or try your luck at one of Wellington’s best coastal fishing spots.
The hills sheltering from behind, and the island offering some protection from the southerlies, makes it an ideal spot for beach going families, fisherman and those who prefer a slower moving life at home with an incredible coastal view to boot.
A primary school on the picturesque south coast of Wellington, committed to giving all students the best education possible. Island Bay School wants learning that matters, that makes a difference in learners’ lives that is connected to meaningful, relevant and deep contexts. Their aim is to nurture children for their unique talents, approaching students believing that ‘one size does not fit all’ and all learners are unique. Students are part of the learning process and have opportunities to transfer their understanding in many contexts. The teachers are creative and collaborative in their delivery of the curriculum. They are professional, talented, empathetic and highly reflective.
At SFDS we have students from a range of ethnic backgrounds which adds a special cultural diversity to our school. We have a strong emphasis on achievement in learning, particularly in English (Writing and Reading), Mathematics and Inquiry. Within this goal we ensure that all students have the opportunity to take part in arts and sports based programmes; areas in which the school has achieved success in wider community activities. Part of our school philosophy is inclusive education which means that all students take part in all school activities to the best of their skills and abilities.
Parks and Beaches
Shorland Park in Island Bay is a suburban park with a coastal flavour. Bring your swimming togs on a summer day. Shorland Park is also the start / finish points for the City to Sea Walkway, which, if you have the energy, will lead you back to the city centre (5-hour walk). Featuring a playground with a great selection of play equipment, including a long slide, pirate ship, basketball half court, public toilets and changing sheds, and a picnic area with eletric barbeques.
Island Bay is at the end of the City to Sea and Southern walkways, and near the centre of Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Just east of the Bait House, divers and snorkellers can follow offshore reefs on a marked dive trail and see a wide variety of marine life. Divers can also explore the wreck of the navy frigate HMNZS Wellington, which lies east of Taputeranga Island. Shorland Park is just over the road and has plenty of play equipment, BBQs, picnic tables and toilets. A swim raft is moored in this bay during summer months.
Suitable for taking a walk with the family and dogs, cooling off for a dip in the hot summer months, going for a dive or a snorkel, or going for a surf when the swell is right.
Fran Dysart is the owner of The White Room Gallery, who is enormously talented and passionate about all aspects of gifting. Fran has established a reputation for sourcing innovative, high quality products from both NZ and around the globe.
Fran’s resourcefulness coupled with the ongoing support of many talented artists and designers has enabled her to evolve and expand over a few short years. She is now very excited to have opened the doors of the new White Room Gallery on February 2nd 2015, located at 147 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington.
St Vincent de Paul society is best known for its Op Shops. While that implies the opportunity to find great second-hand clothes and furniture at great prices, we are first and foremost a Charity Shop because all our proceeds go towards funding our welfare programs which help the local Wellington needy. We have a great range of second-hand clothes, pre-loved toys and used furniture with shops located all throughout your local areas.
We accept quality donations to enhance your op shop experience and keep our prices low. For a small fee, our second-hand furniture can be delivered to your home, just check our schedule. On top of all the cheap clothing and furniture, Op Shopping is also sustainable shopping. We help by recycling clothing and furniture that would otherwise be thrown away.
The newly vamped cinema once again promises to be a treasured gem of the community. Each cinema holds between 49 and 65 people, showing mainstream blockbusters, family movies and art house titles. With an A-grade seismic strength and attention to detail in the service areas, it’s friendly and cosy, with plenty of room alongside each sofa for your coffee, wine or a snack. The Empire Cinema & Eatery is a place to meet, connect, unwind and belong.
Island Bay Community Centre is a sunny, comfortable spot for parties, meetings and classes. It acts as a hub for local information and community networks. The centre was popular right from the word go, with community lunches, children’s and adults’ craft groups, scrabble sessions and exercise groups held on a weekly basis. The centre was so popular that it needed to move to a bigger and better premises. On 2 October 1992 the centre was re-opened at 136 The Parade, and a community hall was added on 1 March 2003.
Island Bay Nice park extension to the existing mini ramp. Some of the banks are a little steep but there are some fun lines and a good grinder. Great for those windy days as it is pretty sheltered. Adelaide Road, Island Bay, opposite Wakefield Park. This park’s wooden mini-ramp was repaired and has a range of gradients.