Waihi Beach at Surf Club

Waihi Beach, New Zealand
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

This sandy coastal beach is located on the Brighton Recreational Reserve. Waihi means "Rising Waters" in Maori. Sparkling white sand, lined by pohutukawa and kauri trees, stretches for 9 miles along the Orokawa Bay. Popular activities include swimming, boarding, kayaking, fishing and exploring. This beach is patrolled by the Waihi Beach Surf Club. Public toilets are located at the north end of the beach close to Beach Road, Brighton Street and Coronation Park and ample parking are available along the street. The track connecting to Orokawa Scenic Reserve was damaged in a landslide but is still passable. Be extra careful if you choose to use this track. Pahutukawa Park is next to the beach for those who would like a short walk in the woods.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 24th, 2020. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on February 24th, 2020 at 4:00 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Waihi Beach at Surf Club is sampled weekly from October 31st from March 31st.

Source Information

Bay of Plenty monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Bay of Plenty region.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swimAt 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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Waihi Beach at Surf Club

Waihi Beach, New Zealand
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 24th, 2020. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on February 24th, 2020 at 4:00 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

This sandy coastal beach is located on the Brighton Recreational Reserve. Waihi means "Rising Waters" in Maori. Sparkling white sand, lined by pohutukawa and kauri trees, stretches for 9 miles along the Orokawa Bay. Popular activities include swimming, boarding, kayaking, fishing and exploring. This beach is patrolled by the Waihi Beach Surf Club. Public toilets are located at the north end of the beach close to Beach Road, Brighton Street and Coronation Park and ample parking are available along the street. The track connecting to Orokawa Scenic Reserve was damaged in a landslide but is still passable. Be extra careful if you choose to use this track. Pahutukawa Park is next to the beach for those who would like a short walk in the woods.

Monitoring Frequency

Waihi Beach at Surf Club is sampled weekly from October 31st from March 31st.

Source Information

Bay of Plenty monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Bay of Plenty region.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swimAt 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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