Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere at Lakeside

Leeston, New Zealand
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

Tranquil waters await you at this hidden beach. Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora is a natural lagoon separated from the sea by Kaitorete Spit. The lake was once home to tuna (eels), pātiki (flounder) and aua (mullet) however surrounding farmland destroyed most of the water quality. The lake is now under direct control of the local Māori, Te Rūnanga O Ngāi Tahu who allow public recreational use such as swimming, water fowl hunting, fishing, kayaking and freedom camping at this location with public washrooms

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 29th, 2018. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere at Lakeside is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Canterbury Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Canterbury region during summer. Water samples are collected weekly from around 100 recreational swimming sites from mid-November to February/March. LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site.

Freshwater sites are tested for E.coli levels and toxic algae blooms. Beaches with elevated levels of bacteria are tested more regularly.

The council issues an AMBER alert if a single sample level of E.coli are greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL of water. Signs will also be posted at beaches and until water levels return to a safe level.

Pulse Energy updates Swim Guide for the latest water quality information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season. Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program.
Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/

A beach has a GREEN current status when no single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of 260 E. coli/100 mL.

A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

A swim site is also marked RED if cyanobacteria (toxic algae) levels exceed 15,000 cells/ml in single sample OR more than 1.8mm³/litre.

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

Water quality updates are also available on the CRC’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/canterburyrecwater?v=wall

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere at Lakeside

Leeston, New Zealand
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 29th, 2018. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

Tranquil waters await you at this hidden beach. Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora is a natural lagoon separated from the sea by Kaitorete Spit. The lake was once home to tuna (eels), pātiki (flounder) and aua (mullet) however surrounding farmland destroyed most of the water quality. The lake is now under direct control of the local Māori, Te Rūnanga O Ngāi Tahu who allow public recreational use such as swimming, water fowl hunting, fishing, kayaking and freedom camping at this location with public washrooms

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere at Lakeside is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Canterbury Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Canterbury region during summer. Water samples are collected weekly from around 100 recreational swimming sites from mid-November to February/March. LAWA assigns each site a grade, which is based on the last three years of monitoring data from the site.

Freshwater sites are tested for E.coli levels and toxic algae blooms. Beaches with elevated levels of bacteria are tested more regularly.

The council issues an AMBER alert if a single sample level of E.coli are greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL of water. Signs will also be posted at beaches and until water levels return to a safe level.

Pulse Energy updates Swim Guide for the latest water quality information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season. Data in Swim Guide is sourced from LAWA’s “Can I Swim Here” program.
Visit LAWA’s factsheet on recreational monitoring in NZ here. https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/what-do-the-swim-icons-mean/

A beach has a GREEN current status when no single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and has a rank of GREEN.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of 260 E. coli/100 mL.

A beach is marked Grey in Swim Guide when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

A swim site is also marked RED if cyanobacteria (toxic algae) levels exceed 15,000 cells/ml in single sample OR more than 1.8mm³/litre.

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

Water quality updates are also available on the CRC’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/canterburyrecwater?v=wall

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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