Oakura Bay at North End

Oakura, Northland

Oakura comes from the Maori language referring to "the light that comes with the red sky", a phenomenon we describe as sunrise and sunset. The bay is about 1 km long and is perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking, boating and every other type of water activity. Outlying islands shelter the beach from ocean swells making the shorefront perfect for safe swimming. The sand extends for 50 meters during low tide almost disappears at high tide, shrinking to 3-4 meters. You can walk for km along the bay and explore even more if you are willing to climb a few more rocks. Following the beach to the south end will connect visitors to one of the biggest known rock pools reaching 6 feet deep in some places. Goat Island is also accessible during low tide by walking north along the beach.

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 2:33 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Oakura Bay at North End 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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Oakura Bay at North End

Oakura, 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 2:33 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Oakura comes from the Maori language referring to "the light that comes with the red sky", a phenomenon we describe as sunrise and sunset. The bay is about 1 km long and is perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking, boating and every other type of water activity. Outlying islands shelter the beach from ocean swells making the shorefront perfect for safe swimming. The sand extends for 50 meters during low tide almost disappears at high tide, shrinking to 3-4 meters. You can walk for km along the bay and explore even more if you are willing to climb a few more rocks. Following the beach to the south end will connect visitors to one of the biggest known rock pools reaching 6 feet deep in some places. Goat Island is also accessible during low tide by walking north along the beach.

Monitoring Frequency

Oakura Bay at North End 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.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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