Cable Bay at Beach

Cable Bay, Nelson

Cable Bay tombolo links the Glenduan headland with Pepin Island to north, and forms the north-western arm of the Delaware Estuary. An unsealed track runs along the Delaware Estuary side of the tombolo providing easy access to car parking areas at either end of the beach. Cable Bay is a popular recreation beach with local Cable Bay café, campsite and Doc Reserve with toilet and parking facilities within minute’s walk of the beach. The cobble beach has a launch site for trailer boats to fish in the bay or off the headland outside the Horoirangi Marine Reserve. Pepin Island is a working farm and generally not open to public access. Cable Bay has a host of activities, including walking between Cable Bay and the Glenduan beach along the headland, kayaking along Pepin island coast and caves, snorkelling and fishing along the coastal reefs, rock pooling, fossicking and picnics on the beach. Cable Bay is accessed via Cable Bay Road, which passes Happy Valley Adventures, a shooting range, kayak hire and Paremata Flats Reserve, which has remnant native lowland coastal forest and estuarine habitat and important botanical and ornithological interest. Whitebaiting is popular in the lower reaches of the Wakapuaka River, which runs through the Reserve to the Delaware Bay delta. The recreation bathing water quality sample is taken from the northern end of the beach where the main boat access is located.

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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 29th, 2022. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 29th, 2022 at 6:55 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Cable Bay at Beach 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.

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Water Quality Graph

Cable Bay at Beach

Cable Bay, Nelson

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
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 29th, 2022. The Swim Guide - New Zealand updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 29th, 2022 at 6:55 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Cable Bay tombolo links the Glenduan headland with Pepin Island to north, and forms the north-western arm of the Delaware Estuary. An unsealed track runs along the Delaware Estuary side of the tombolo providing easy access to car parking areas at either end of the beach. Cable Bay is a popular recreation beach with local Cable Bay café, campsite and Doc Reserve with toilet and parking facilities within minute’s walk of the beach. The cobble beach has a launch site for trailer boats to fish in the bay or off the headland outside the Horoirangi Marine Reserve. Pepin Island is a working farm and generally not open to public access. Cable Bay has a host of activities, including walking between Cable Bay and the Glenduan beach along the headland, kayaking along Pepin island coast and caves, snorkelling and fishing along the coastal reefs, rock pooling, fossicking and picnics on the beach. Cable Bay is accessed via Cable Bay Road, which passes Happy Valley Adventures, a shooting range, kayak hire and Paremata Flats Reserve, which has remnant native lowland coastal forest and estuarine habitat and important botanical and ornithological interest. Whitebaiting is popular in the lower reaches of the Wakapuaka River, which runs through the Reserve to the Delaware Bay delta. The recreation bathing water quality sample is taken from the northern end of the beach where the main boat access is located.

Monitoring Frequency

Cable Bay at Beach 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.

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Water Quality Graph

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