Lake Taharoa at Pump House

Omamari, Northland

Lake Taharoa is the deepest lakes in New Zealand and one of the few remaining dune lakes. A narrow channel connects it to the other Kai Iwi Lakes, which are much shallower. In 1928 the crown designated 8.5 hectares around the eastern shore of the lake as a scenic reserve. In 1952 the surrounding area was added to the reserve. The area at Pine Beach is reserved for swimming only.

Rainbow trout were released into the lake in 1968 and it is still an extremely popular fishing spot. A maximum of 3 trout, exceeding 300mm in length, may be taken from the lake by one person in one day. Licenses are required by any person fishing on the lake. The abundance of fish and the size of Taharoa make it one of the most popular freshwater boating locations in Northland. All vessels must be less than 30 meters in length.

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 6:15 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Monitoring Frequency

Lake Taharoa at Pump House is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 1st.

Source Information

Northland Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots 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 E. coli 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 the 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 E. coli test result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or if this site 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, real-time water temperature and flow rates, and what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

Lake Taharoa at Pump House

Omamari, 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 6:15 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Lake Taharoa is the deepest lakes in New Zealand and one of the few remaining dune lakes. A narrow channel connects it to the other Kai Iwi Lakes, which are much shallower. In 1928 the crown designated 8.5 hectares around the eastern shore of the lake as a scenic reserve. In 1952 the surrounding area was added to the reserve. The area at Pine Beach is reserved for swimming only.

Rainbow trout were released into the lake in 1968 and it is still an extremely popular fishing spot. A maximum of 3 trout, exceeding 300mm in length, may be taken from the lake by one person in one day. Licenses are required by any person fishing on the lake. The abundance of fish and the size of Taharoa make it one of the most popular freshwater boating locations in Northland. All vessels must be less than 30 meters in length.

Monitoring Frequency

Lake Taharoa at Pump House is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 1st.

Source Information

Northland Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots 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 E. coli 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 the 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 E. coli test result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or if this site 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, real-time water temperature and flow rates, and what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

  Beach Location Water Quality
Omamari, Northland
Waipoua Kauri Forest, Northland
Northland, Northland
Northland, Northland
Swim Guide
is supported by
* The RBC Foundation

Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

Swim Guide, "Swim Drink Fish icons," and associated trademarks are owned by SWIM DRINK FISH CANADA. See Legal.

© SWIM DRINK FISH CANADA, 2011 - 2022