Waipapakauri Beach

Waipapakauri, Northland
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

Waipapakauri beach access is often referred to as "The Ramp" by locals. Popular activities include swimming, surfcasting, surfing, boating, fishing, kite flying, hang gliding, shellfishing and of course walking along the Tasman Sea. Limited mobility toilets are available at 90 Mile Beach Hiliday Park at the corner of West Coast Rd. and the beach.

This beach is located close to the center of "Ninety Mile Beach". The most common theory of the root of the name stems from the days when missionaries travelled by horse. Generally, horses could travel 30 miles/day without needing rest. It took 3 days to travel the length of the beach leading the missionaries to think they had travelled 90 miles because they did not take the slower pace of the horses due to running sand into account. The beach is closer to 55 miles (88 km) in length.

New Zealand has officially classed this beach as a public highway and it was used as a runway for airmail in 1932. The world's biggest snapper surf-fishing contest takes place annually at the end of the swimming season.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 1st, 2020. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 1st, 2020 at 2:35 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Waipapakauri Beach is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 1st.

Source Information

Northland Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Northland region.
Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, water is regularly tested for levels of Enterococci during the summer months. This faecal indicator bacteria is used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water.

See information on recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in this LAWA factsheet: https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/coastal-and-freshwater-recreation-monitoring/

Beach sites are shown as a GREEN swim icon if the latest Enterococci test result was in the range of 0 - 280 Enterococci / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 280 Enterococci / 100 mL or frequently exceeds the standard or there is a temporary water quality issue outside the routine testing programme (e.g. sewage overflow).

See information on the standards for recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the 'What do the swim icons mean?' LAWA factsheet.

LAWA recommends for all sites, to avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after significant rain, even for sites that normally have good water quality.

A good rule of thumb is to check that you can see your toes in knee deep water.

See www.lawa.org.nz/swim for up to date information on current warnings and alerts, weather conditions, tides, real-time water temperatures, what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

Water Quality Graph

Waipapakauri Beach

Waipapakauri, Northland
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 1st, 2020. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 1st, 2020 at 2:35 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Waipapakauri beach access is often referred to as "The Ramp" by locals. Popular activities include swimming, surfcasting, surfing, boating, fishing, kite flying, hang gliding, shellfishing and of course walking along the Tasman Sea. Limited mobility toilets are available at 90 Mile Beach Hiliday Park at the corner of West Coast Rd. and the beach.

This beach is located close to the center of "Ninety Mile Beach". The most common theory of the root of the name stems from the days when missionaries travelled by horse. Generally, horses could travel 30 miles/day without needing rest. It took 3 days to travel the length of the beach leading the missionaries to think they had travelled 90 miles because they did not take the slower pace of the horses due to running sand into account. The beach is closer to 55 miles (88 km) in length.

New Zealand has officially classed this beach as a public highway and it was used as a runway for airmail in 1932. The world's biggest snapper surf-fishing contest takes place annually at the end of the swimming season.

Monitoring Frequency

Waipapakauri Beach is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 1st.

Source Information

Northland Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Northland region.
Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, water is regularly tested for levels of Enterococci during the summer months. This faecal indicator bacteria is used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water.

See information on recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in this LAWA factsheet: https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/coastal-and-freshwater-recreation-monitoring/

Beach sites are shown as a GREEN swim icon if the latest Enterococci test result was in the range of 0 - 280 Enterococci / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 280 Enterococci / 100 mL or frequently exceeds the standard or there is a temporary water quality issue outside the routine testing programme (e.g. sewage overflow).

See information on the standards for recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the 'What do the swim icons mean?' LAWA factsheet.

LAWA recommends for all sites, to avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after significant rain, even for sites that normally have good water quality.

A good rule of thumb is to check that you can see your toes in knee deep water.

See www.lawa.org.nz/swim for up to date information on current warnings and alerts, weather conditions, tides, real-time water temperatures, what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

Water Quality Graph

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