North Beach at Tip Head Rd steps

Carters Beach, Westcoast

North Beach is located immediately on the North of the Buller River mouth in Westport. The beach can be accessed via the tiphead road. The beach is suitable for swimming, surfing and fishing when the conditions are suitable.

Details about North Beach conditions can be found at: https://www.safeswim.org.nz/
Surfing information for this site can be found at: http://www.nzsurfguide.co.nz/surf_breaks/west-coast/westport-breakwater

The West Coast Regional Council monitors the water quality of North Beach fortnightly from November to March.

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
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on January 22nd, 2023. 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 January 22nd, 2023 at 6:00 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

North Beach at Tip Head Rd steps is sampled bi-weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

West Coast Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the West Coast 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.

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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North Beach at Tip Head Rd steps

Carters Beach, Westcoast

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
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on January 22nd, 2023. 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 January 22nd, 2023 at 6:00 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

North Beach is located immediately on the North of the Buller River mouth in Westport. The beach can be accessed via the tiphead road. The beach is suitable for swimming, surfing and fishing when the conditions are suitable.

Details about North Beach conditions can be found at: https://www.safeswim.org.nz/
Surfing information for this site can be found at: http://www.nzsurfguide.co.nz/surf_breaks/west-coast/westport-breakwater

The West Coast Regional Council monitors the water quality of North Beach fortnightly from November to March.

Monitoring Frequency

North Beach at Tip Head Rd steps is sampled bi-weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

West Coast Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the West Coast 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.

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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