Waitara East Beach

Waitara, Taranaki
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

Waitara's name comes from the Maori language, although there is some dispute over what it means. Whai-tara translates to "path of the dart" while Waitara means "mountain stream'. The beach is on the east side of the mouth of the Waitara River. Marine Park is on the west side of the mouth and has many parking spots and picnic tables.

The river's mouth was reduced in width with stop banks and levees to reduce flooding. The Bertrand Road Suspension Bridge was constructed in 1897. Although crossing at low tide as possible, it was quite dangerous as rips and currents can be incredibly powerful, especially at river mouths. The bridge was damaged in a flood and rebuilt in 1927.

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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 14th, 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 14th, 2021 at 5:45 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Waitara East Beach is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 30th.

Source Information

Taranaki Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Taranaki 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 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.

Water Quality Graph

Waitara East Beach

Waitara, Taranaki
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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 14th, 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 14th, 2021 at 5:45 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Waitara's name comes from the Maori language, although there is some dispute over what it means. Whai-tara translates to "path of the dart" while Waitara means "mountain stream'. The beach is on the east side of the mouth of the Waitara River. Marine Park is on the west side of the mouth and has many parking spots and picnic tables.

The river's mouth was reduced in width with stop banks and levees to reduce flooding. The Bertrand Road Suspension Bridge was constructed in 1897. Although crossing at low tide as possible, it was quite dangerous as rips and currents can be incredibly powerful, especially at river mouths. The bridge was damaged in a flood and rebuilt in 1927.

Monitoring Frequency

Waitara East Beach is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 30th.

Source Information

Taranaki Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Taranaki 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 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.

Water Quality Graph

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