Ruamahanga River at the Cliffs

East Taratahi, Wellington
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

The Ruamahanga River runs through the southeastern North Island of New Zealand. The river's headwaters are in the Tararua Ranges northwest of Masterton. Trout fishing is a popular activity and there are many swimming holes in the upper reaches. The beach is a popular spot for campers in the summer months. Drive east along East Taratahi Road and onto Dakins to find ample parking among the Totara trees. Downstream you will find fishing spots at the Gladstone Bridge.

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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 15th, 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 June 15th, 2021 at 2:00 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Ruamahanga River at the Cliffs is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Wellington.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, the risk level of E. coli is determined using predictive modelling year round. Potentially toxic algae is also monitored during the summer months. E. coli is a faecal indicator bacteria used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water, and the presence of toxic algae blooms can be harmful to people and animals.

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 predicted result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL or the toxic algae level is below 20% coverage on rocks.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest E. coli predicted result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or the toxic algae level exceeds 20% coverage or mats are forming on the river's edge.

A RED swim icon status is also assigned if this site frequently exceeds the standards 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.

Toxic algae blooms can form rapidly, and even small amounts can be harmful - stay safe and get to know what to look for here so you can avoid it

(link to https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/potentially-toxic-algae/)

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.

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Water Quality Graph

Ruamahanga River at the Cliffs

East Taratahi, Wellington
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

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
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 15th, 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 June 15th, 2021 at 2:00 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Ruamahanga River runs through the southeastern North Island of New Zealand. The river's headwaters are in the Tararua Ranges northwest of Masterton. Trout fishing is a popular activity and there are many swimming holes in the upper reaches. The beach is a popular spot for campers in the summer months. Drive east along East Taratahi Road and onto Dakins to find ample parking among the Totara trees. Downstream you will find fishing spots at the Gladstone Bridge.

Monitoring Frequency

Ruamahanga River at the Cliffs is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Wellington.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, the risk level of E. coli is determined using predictive modelling year round. Potentially toxic algae is also monitored during the summer months. E. coli is a faecal indicator bacteria used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water, and the presence of toxic algae blooms can be harmful to people and animals.

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 predicted result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL or the toxic algae level is below 20% coverage on rocks.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest E. coli predicted result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or the toxic algae level exceeds 20% coverage or mats are forming on the river's edge.

A RED swim icon status is also assigned if this site frequently exceeds the standards 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.

Toxic algae blooms can form rapidly, and even small amounts can be harmful - stay safe and get to know what to look for here so you can avoid it

(link to https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/potentially-toxic-algae/)

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.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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