Wainui Beach

Wainui, New Zealand
Managed by Pulse Energy

Wainui Beach, and its twin beach Makorori, have the reputation for offering dependable surf breaks in the summer months. With sand dunes and Reserve land behind the beach offering protection from wind and erosion, and a dedicated chapter of the Surf Life Saving Club on hand, Wainui is an ideal swimming destination for locals and tourists alike. The beach is also internationally famous as the site of a tragic mass whale beaching in 1970, and a memorial to the event can be found in the Reserve area. Toilets are available, and parking can be easily found on the roadside or the Reserves behind the beach.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Pulse Energy 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

Wainui Beach is sampled weekly from January 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.

Coastal waters are tested for Enterococci levels.

The council issues an amber alert if a single sample level of Enterococci are greater than 280 units /100ml.

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 in Swim Guide when it has met the water quality standard of <280 enterococci/100 mL.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of >280 enterococci/100 mL.

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

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around storm water 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

Wainui Beach

Wainui, New Zealand
Managed by Pulse Energy

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Pulse Energy 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:   

Wainui Beach, and its twin beach Makorori, have the reputation for offering dependable surf breaks in the summer months. With sand dunes and Reserve land behind the beach offering protection from wind and erosion, and a dedicated chapter of the Surf Life Saving Club on hand, Wainui is an ideal swimming destination for locals and tourists alike. The beach is also internationally famous as the site of a tragic mass whale beaching in 1970, and a memorial to the event can be found in the Reserve area. Toilets are available, and parking can be easily found on the roadside or the Reserves behind the beach.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Wainui Beach is sampled weekly from January 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.

Coastal waters are tested for Enterococci levels.

The council issues an amber alert if a single sample level of Enterococci are greater than 280 units /100ml.

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 in Swim Guide when it has met the water quality standard of <280 enterococci/100 mL.

A beach has a RED current status in Swim Guide when samples exceed the water quality criteria of >280 enterococci/100 mL.

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

Swimming is not recommended within 48 hours after a heavy rainfall or around storm water 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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