Ngaruroro at Chesterhope (NIWA site)

Pakowhai, Hawkes Bay
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

The Ngaruroro River flows from Kareka Range to Kaimanawa Range and Ruahine Range before entering into Hawkes Bay 164 km away. A diversion route was created close to Chesterhope Bridge, in order to control overflow and flooding. The diversion route is now known as Clive River. The mouth of the river is shared with Clive River, Tutaekuri and Muddy Creek. This "multi-mouth" forms the Waitangi Estuary.

Chesterhope Bridge is adjacent to the Pakowhai County Park. Facilities include walkways, picnic tables, an island and bridges. The park was built by Regional Council as a team-building Exercise and additional planting was completed by volunteers.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 21st, 2021. 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 21st, 2021 at 4:37 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Ngaruroro at Chesterhope (NIWA site) is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots 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/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.

Water Quality Graph

Ngaruroro at Chesterhope (NIWA site)

Pakowhai, Hawkes Bay
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 21st, 2021. 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 21st, 2021 at 4:37 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Ngaruroro River flows from Kareka Range to Kaimanawa Range and Ruahine Range before entering into Hawkes Bay 164 km away. A diversion route was created close to Chesterhope Bridge, in order to control overflow and flooding. The diversion route is now known as Clive River. The mouth of the river is shared with Clive River, Tutaekuri and Muddy Creek. This "multi-mouth" forms the Waitangi Estuary.

Chesterhope Bridge is adjacent to the Pakowhai County Park. Facilities include walkways, picnic tables, an island and bridges. The park was built by Regional Council as a team-building Exercise and additional planting was completed by volunteers.

Monitoring Frequency

Ngaruroro at Chesterhope (NIWA site) is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots 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/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.

Water Quality Graph

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