Lake Taupo at Acacia Bay Wharf

Taupo, Waikato
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.

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 24th, 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 February 24th, 2020 at 1:51 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Lake Taupo at Acacia Bay Wharf is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 1st.

Source Information

Waikato Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Waikato 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

Lake Taupo at Acacia Bay Wharf

Taupo, Waikato
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 24th, 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 February 24th, 2020 at 1:51 PM.
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 at Acacia Bay Wharf is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 1st.

Source Information

Waikato Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Waikato 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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Taupo, Waikato
Taupo, Waikato
Taupo, Waikato
Taupo, Waikato
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