Hatea River at Whangarei Falls

Whangarei, Northland

Standing 26.3m high, with 2 viewing points, the Whangarei Falls is one of the best-loved landmarks in Whangarei. The base of the falls is known as a healing area and once used for washing the wounded and dead. In the 1920's the falls were purchased by Archibald Clapham to prevent them from being commercially developed. In 1958 the falls became public domain. The surrounding reserve is home to many natives species of birds, animals and bush. Some of the kauri trees are over 500 years old.

Facilities include a walking trail, picnic area, carpark and public toilets.

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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 15th, 2021. 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 December 15th, 2021 at 9:56 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Hatea River at Whangarei Falls 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.

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Water Quality Graph

Hatea River at Whangarei Falls

Whangarei, 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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 15th, 2021. 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 December 15th, 2021 at 9:56 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Standing 26.3m high, with 2 viewing points, the Whangarei Falls is one of the best-loved landmarks in Whangarei. The base of the falls is known as a healing area and once used for washing the wounded and dead. In the 1920's the falls were purchased by Archibald Clapham to prevent them from being commercially developed. In 1958 the falls became public domain. The surrounding reserve is home to many natives species of birds, animals and bush. Some of the kauri trees are over 500 years old.

Facilities include a walking trail, picnic area, carpark and public toilets.

Monitoring Frequency

Hatea River at Whangarei Falls 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

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