Lake Taupo - Acacia Bay

Managed by Swim Guide NZ

Acacia Bay beach is located in the heart of an urban environment close to the entrance of Lake Taupo. Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake. It lies in an active geothermic region, in a caldera created over 26,500 years ago by a super volcanic eruption.

Nearby, you will find one of the most spectacular natural rock carvings. In 1977 Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, a master carver gifted Mine Bay with his work. A 10 meter high likeness of Ngatoroirangi, a Maori navigator that discovered the Taupo area, was carved in the rock face and a mermaid and lizard were carved at the base. The carvings are only accessible by water, with kayaks being the preferred method of transportation to get here.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 26th, 2018. Swim Guide NZ 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

Lake Taupo - Acacia Bay is sampled weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Waikato Regional Council measures water quality at 12 locations on Lake Taupō from November - March.

Freshwater sites are tested for E.coli levels.

A beach has a GREEN current status when no single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN. A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when a single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED rank. A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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

For information on the historical water quality for sites in this region please visit the council’s website: http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Environment/Natural-resources/Water/Lakes/Lake-Taupo/How-clean-is-Lake-Taupo/Water-quality-monitoring-map/

Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program.
Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/
LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Lake Taupo - Acacia Bay

Managed by Swim Guide NZ

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 26th, 2018. Swim Guide NZ 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:   

Acacia Bay beach is located in the heart of an urban environment close to the entrance of Lake Taupo. Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake. It lies in an active geothermic region, in a caldera created over 26,500 years ago by a super volcanic eruption.

Nearby, you will find one of the most spectacular natural rock carvings. In 1977 Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, a master carver gifted Mine Bay with his work. A 10 meter high likeness of Ngatoroirangi, a Maori navigator that discovered the Taupo area, was carved in the rock face and a mermaid and lizard were carved at the base. The carvings are only accessible by water, with kayaks being the preferred method of transportation to get here.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Lake Taupo - Acacia Bay is sampled weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Waikato Regional Council measures water quality at 12 locations on Lake Taupō from November - March.

Freshwater sites are tested for E.coli levels.

A beach has a GREEN current status when no single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN. A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when a single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED rank. A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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

For information on the historical water quality for sites in this region please visit the council’s website: http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Environment/Natural-resources/Water/Lakes/Lake-Taupo/How-clean-is-Lake-Taupo/Water-quality-monitoring-map/

Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program.
Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/
LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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