Waipu Cove Beach

Waipu, Northland

Waipu Cove is known as one of New Zealand's best-patrolled surfing and boogie boarding beaches. Piroa Falls is 10 minutes away through a beautiful gorge. There are more swimming holes here if the beach is too crowded or the waves are too big. The cove connects to 5 major walkways close by and this sandy beachfront is perfect for strolling during low tide.

The Brynderwyn Walkway connects advanced, fit trampers to Mangawahai-Langs Beach in about 5 hours. The Ruakaka Estuary Walk is much easier to complete for those wanting a more leisurely walk. Start at the Waipu Surf Club at low tide and walk to the mouth of the river and through the reserve. The Mangawhai Surf Club is a path at the top of the hill, providing a beautiful vantage point of Waipu's cove. The Mangawhai Cliff Walk also begins at the surf club. The Robert Hastie Walkway begins on the road to Langs Beach and provides views of Marsden Point Oil Refinery, New Zealand's only oil refinery.

All of the walks provide excellent tramping, swimming, picnicking and exploring. Please make sure to stay on designated walkways as to not disrupt natural habitat.

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 February 20th, 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 February 20th, 2022 at 3:55 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Waipu Cove 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.

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Waipu Cove Beach

Waipu, 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 February 20th, 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 February 20th, 2022 at 3:55 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Waipu Cove is known as one of New Zealand's best-patrolled surfing and boogie boarding beaches. Piroa Falls is 10 minutes away through a beautiful gorge. There are more swimming holes here if the beach is too crowded or the waves are too big. The cove connects to 5 major walkways close by and this sandy beachfront is perfect for strolling during low tide.

The Brynderwyn Walkway connects advanced, fit trampers to Mangawahai-Langs Beach in about 5 hours. The Ruakaka Estuary Walk is much easier to complete for those wanting a more leisurely walk. Start at the Waipu Surf Club at low tide and walk to the mouth of the river and through the reserve. The Mangawhai Surf Club is a path at the top of the hill, providing a beautiful vantage point of Waipu's cove. The Mangawhai Cliff Walk also begins at the surf club. The Robert Hastie Walkway begins on the road to Langs Beach and provides views of Marsden Point Oil Refinery, New Zealand's only oil refinery.

All of the walks provide excellent tramping, swimming, picnicking and exploring. Please make sure to stay on designated walkways as to not disrupt natural habitat.

Monitoring Frequency

Waipu Cove 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.

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Water Quality Graph

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