Kaipara Harbour at Pahi at Jetty

Pahi, Northland

The Pahi River connects to the Kaipara Harbour at this beach. There is a small stretch of sand and a small fishing pier. The water is often described as silty as it is not very deep and contains many fine sand and clay particles.

The Kaipara Harbour is one of the largest harbours in the world, stretching over 947 square kilometres at high tide. It shrinks to 409 square kilometres at low tide, exposing many mudflats and sandflats. The harbour was one of the busiest in the country it was used to transport kauri timber and gum. Due to the massive, quickly shifting dunes it is also one of the most dangerous harbours in New Zealand

A combination test for E.coli and Enterococci bacteria is used at this location.

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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 12th, 2022. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 12th, 2022 at 9:00 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Kaipara Harbour at Pahi at Jetty 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.

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Kaipara Harbour at Pahi at Jetty

Pahi, Northland

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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 12th, 2022. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 12th, 2022 at 9:00 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Pahi River connects to the Kaipara Harbour at this beach. There is a small stretch of sand and a small fishing pier. The water is often described as silty as it is not very deep and contains many fine sand and clay particles.

The Kaipara Harbour is one of the largest harbours in the world, stretching over 947 square kilometres at high tide. It shrinks to 409 square kilometres at low tide, exposing many mudflats and sandflats. The harbour was one of the busiest in the country it was used to transport kauri timber and gum. Due to the massive, quickly shifting dunes it is also one of the most dangerous harbours in New Zealand

A combination test for E.coli and Enterococci bacteria is used at this location.

Monitoring Frequency

Kaipara Harbour at Pahi at Jetty 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.

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Water Quality Graph

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