Porangahau River at Estuary Bridge

Porangahau, New Zealand
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

The Porangahau River stretches for 45 miles through Hawkes Bay. This small sandy beach is lined by trees and has a boat ramp and pier leading into the river. The name comes from the M?ori language meaning night (po) retreat (rangahau). The mouth of Porangahau River empties close to 12 miles of golden sand along the South Pacific Ocean. Both locations are known as great places to swim, fish and play water sports.

The river is also close to a hill named Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu, or Taumata by locals. It is the second-longest place name in the world.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on January 12th, 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 January 12th, 2020 at 4:21 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Porangahau River at Estuary Bridge is sampled weekly from November 1st from March 31st.

Source Information

Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Hawkes Bay 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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Porangahau River at Estuary Bridge

Porangahau, 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 January 12th, 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 January 12th, 2020 at 4:21 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Porangahau River stretches for 45 miles through Hawkes Bay. This small sandy beach is lined by trees and has a boat ramp and pier leading into the river. The name comes from the M?ori language meaning night (po) retreat (rangahau). The mouth of Porangahau River empties close to 12 miles of golden sand along the South Pacific Ocean. Both locations are known as great places to swim, fish and play water sports.

The river is also close to a hill named Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu, or Taumata by locals. It is the second-longest place name in the world.

Monitoring Frequency

Porangahau River at Estuary Bridge is sampled weekly from November 1st from March 31st.

Source Information

Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Hawkes Bay 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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