Ngamotu Beach

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Located within Port Taranaki and close to Port and boating activities, Ngamotu Beach is Taranaki’s most sheltered swimming beach. Recreational facilities and easy access from car parks make the beach very popular with families with young children, school groups and sporting events. It is a popular sheltered location for many on-water activities such as yachting and kayaking.

Recreational bathing surveys over the last two summers 90% (2018-2019) and 100% (2019-2020) of samples met the marine microbiological water quality guidelines prepared by the Ministry of the Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MfE, 2003) and did not exceed the ‘Action’ level (two consecutive samples >280 enterococci/100 ml).

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 21st, 2021. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 21st, 2021 at 3:50 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Ngamotu 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.

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Ngamotu Beach

New Plymouth, Taranaki

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 21st, 2021. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 21st, 2021 at 3:50 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Located within Port Taranaki and close to Port and boating activities, Ngamotu Beach is Taranaki’s most sheltered swimming beach. Recreational facilities and easy access from car parks make the beach very popular with families with young children, school groups and sporting events. It is a popular sheltered location for many on-water activities such as yachting and kayaking.

Recreational bathing surveys over the last two summers 90% (2018-2019) and 100% (2019-2020) of samples met the marine microbiological water quality guidelines prepared by the Ministry of the Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MfE, 2003) and did not exceed the ‘Action’ level (two consecutive samples >280 enterococci/100 ml).

Monitoring Frequency

Ngamotu 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.

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Water Quality Graph

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New Plymouth, Taranaki
New Plymouth, Taranaki
New Plymouth, Taranaki
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