Hampden Beach at Campground

Hampden, Otago
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

Hampden is a small rural settlement with an extremely small population (close to 300 in 2004). This ocean beach rarely gets crowded. The beach is used primarily for swimming, and kayaking but the Katiki straight is known for providing good surf and trout fishing. The Moeraki Boulders are a few km south of the beach along the coast. These unusually large and almost perfectly spherically shaped boulders separate Hampden from Moeraki.

Since 2007, the Hampden Energy Forum has looked at ways for the town to cut back on its dependency on fossil fuels. Over 1/3rd of the community is involved in the planning of processes such as self-sufficient gardening, waste reduction, alternative electricity supply and wireless internet connection.

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 January 31st, 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 January 31st, 2021 at 3:30 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Hampden Beach at Campground is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 15th.

Source Information

Otago Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Otago 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

Hampden Beach at Campground

Hampden, Otago
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 January 31st, 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 January 31st, 2021 at 3:30 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Hampden is a small rural settlement with an extremely small population (close to 300 in 2004). This ocean beach rarely gets crowded. The beach is used primarily for swimming, and kayaking but the Katiki straight is known for providing good surf and trout fishing. The Moeraki Boulders are a few km south of the beach along the coast. These unusually large and almost perfectly spherically shaped boulders separate Hampden from Moeraki.

Since 2007, the Hampden Energy Forum has looked at ways for the town to cut back on its dependency on fossil fuels. Over 1/3rd of the community is involved in the planning of processes such as self-sufficient gardening, waste reduction, alternative electricity supply and wireless internet connection.

Monitoring Frequency

Hampden Beach at Campground is sampled weekly from December 1st to March 15th.

Source Information

Otago Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Otago 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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