Tahunanui Beach at Bisley Walk - Beach Café

Nelson, Nelson
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

A bustling length of sand that abuts the west side of Nelson, Tahunanui Beach is a perfect locale to enjoy a leisurely swim in the warm waters of Tasman Bay. The beach plays host to a number of events and festivals, and a zoo and amusement park sit close by. The beach itself is safe and family-friendly, with easy parking and pedestrian access, and the surrounding Tahunanui neighbourhood is loaded with fun activities and entertainments. The gradient of the beach is fairly shallow, making the area unpopular for surfing and fishing, so swimming is by far the most common pastime here. Swimmers are advised to keep to the waters between the shore and the black-coloured buoys set further out, so as to protect swimmers from watercraft traffic. The Nelson Surf Life Saving Club monitors the beach in the summertime for emergencies, and their patrol time and dates are posted conspicuously around the beach. All manner of amenities is available just a short walk away in Nelson.

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
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 21st, 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 February 21st, 2021 at 2:00 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Monitoring Frequency

Tahunanui Beach at Bisley Walk - Beach Café is sampled weekly from November 30th to March 15th.

Source Information

Nelson City Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Nelson 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

Tahunanui Beach at Bisley Walk - Beach Café

Nelson, Nelson
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
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 21st, 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 February 21st, 2021 at 2:00 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

A bustling length of sand that abuts the west side of Nelson, Tahunanui Beach is a perfect locale to enjoy a leisurely swim in the warm waters of Tasman Bay. The beach plays host to a number of events and festivals, and a zoo and amusement park sit close by. The beach itself is safe and family-friendly, with easy parking and pedestrian access, and the surrounding Tahunanui neighbourhood is loaded with fun activities and entertainments. The gradient of the beach is fairly shallow, making the area unpopular for surfing and fishing, so swimming is by far the most common pastime here. Swimmers are advised to keep to the waters between the shore and the black-coloured buoys set further out, so as to protect swimmers from watercraft traffic. The Nelson Surf Life Saving Club monitors the beach in the summertime for emergencies, and their patrol time and dates are posted conspicuously around the beach. All manner of amenities is available just a short walk away in Nelson.

Monitoring Frequency

Tahunanui Beach at Bisley Walk - Beach Café is sampled weekly from November 30th to March 15th.

Source Information

Nelson City Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Nelson 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

  Beach Location Water Quality
Nelson, Nelson
Maitai, Nelson
Nelson, Nelson
Nelson, Nelson
Swim Guide
is supported by
* The RBC Foundation

Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

Swim Guide, "Swim Drink Fish icons," and associated trademarks are owned by SWIM DRINK FISH CANADA. See Legal.

© SWIM DRINK FISH CANADA, 2011 - 2021