Waihi Beach - Three Mile Creek Reserve

Waihi Beach, New Zealand
Managed by Pulse Energy

A permanent advisory has been placed on this beach due to high enterococci levels.

Public toilets are located at Cornation Park, north of the creek and on Tuna Ave, south of the creek. The creek is the first beach protection project that has built a a groyne wall and geotextile rock revetment to stabilize eroded sand dunes and retrain the creek to empty into the sea. White sand stretches for 9 miles along the bay making it perfect for exploring. The name is said to have come from Hawaiki and translates to "water gushing out".

WATER QUALITY
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Pulse Energy updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Waihi Beach - Three Mile Creek Reserve is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Bay of Plenty Regional Council monitors coastal waters from October - March for enterococci levels. Freshwater sites are monitored for potentially toxic algae. In NZ, marine toxic algal blooms are not usually monitored for WQ for swimming purposes. Any marine toxic algae monitoring usually relates to shellfish gathering and consumption.

LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site. In addition Bay of Plenty considers catchment characteristics such as land use, discharges and climate when assigning grades.

Beaches are either tested week or bi-weekly depending on water quality history. Beaches with elevated levels of bacteria are test more regularly. Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program.

Signs will also be posted at beaches and until water levels return to a safe level.

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

Bay of Plenty follows the Microbiological Water Quality Guidelines for Marine and Freshwater Recreational Areas, published by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health in 2003. Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/

A beach has a GREEN current status in Swim Guide when it has met the water quality standard of < 140 enterococci/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of > 140 enterococci/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED alert.

A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current monitoring information available.

You can visit Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s website to see a water quality map: http://www.boprc.govt.nz/environment/water/swimming-water-quality/. You can report pollution concerns by calling 0800 884 883, emailing info@boprc.govt.nz and by using our Report Pollution tool on Swim Guide. Pollution reports can also be send via LAWA.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Waihi Beach - Three Mile Creek Reserve

Waihi Beach, New Zealand
Managed by Pulse Energy

WATER QUALITY
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Pulse Energy updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

A permanent advisory has been placed on this beach due to high enterococci levels.

Public toilets are located at Cornation Park, north of the creek and on Tuna Ave, south of the creek. The creek is the first beach protection project that has built a a groyne wall and geotextile rock revetment to stabilize eroded sand dunes and retrain the creek to empty into the sea. White sand stretches for 9 miles along the bay making it perfect for exploring. The name is said to have come from Hawaiki and translates to "water gushing out".

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Waihi Beach - Three Mile Creek Reserve is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Bay of Plenty Regional Council monitors coastal waters from October - March for enterococci levels. Freshwater sites are monitored for potentially toxic algae. In NZ, marine toxic algal blooms are not usually monitored for WQ for swimming purposes. Any marine toxic algae monitoring usually relates to shellfish gathering and consumption.

LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site. In addition Bay of Plenty considers catchment characteristics such as land use, discharges and climate when assigning grades.

Beaches are either tested week or bi-weekly depending on water quality history. Beaches with elevated levels of bacteria are test more regularly. Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program.

Signs will also be posted at beaches and until water levels return to a safe level.

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

Bay of Plenty follows the Microbiological Water Quality Guidelines for Marine and Freshwater Recreational Areas, published by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health in 2003. Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/

A beach has a GREEN current status in Swim Guide when it has met the water quality standard of < 140 enterococci/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of > 140 enterococci/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED alert.

A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current monitoring information available.

You can visit Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s website to see a water quality map: http://www.boprc.govt.nz/environment/water/swimming-water-quality/. You can report pollution concerns by calling 0800 884 883, emailing info@boprc.govt.nz and by using our Report Pollution tool on Swim Guide. Pollution reports can also be send via LAWA.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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