Turanganui River at Gladstone Road Bridge

Gisborne, Gisborne

The Taranganui River is one of the shortest rivers in the Southern Hemisphere and is just shy of one kilometer in length. It's created by the confluence of the Waimata and Taruheru rivers, it flows through Gisborne and out into Poverty Bay. The river banks underneath the bridge are lined with grassy municipal parkland, and there's a memorial nearby marking the location of where the explorer Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand soil. Parking is very close, and all amenities can be found in the city proper.

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 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 5th, 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 May 5th, 2022 at 8:48 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Turanganui River at Gladstone Road Bridge is sampled weekly from October 31st to April 15th.

Source Information

The Gisborne District Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Gisborne 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 E. coli 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 the 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 E. coli test result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or if this site 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, real-time water temperature and flow rates, and what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

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Water Quality Graph

Turanganui River at Gladstone Road Bridge

Gisborne, Gisborne

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 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 5th, 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 May 5th, 2022 at 8:48 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Taranganui River is one of the shortest rivers in the Southern Hemisphere and is just shy of one kilometer in length. It's created by the confluence of the Waimata and Taruheru rivers, it flows through Gisborne and out into Poverty Bay. The river banks underneath the bridge are lined with grassy municipal parkland, and there's a memorial nearby marking the location of where the explorer Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand soil. Parking is very close, and all amenities can be found in the city proper.

Monitoring Frequency

Turanganui River at Gladstone Road Bridge is sampled weekly from October 31st to April 15th.

Source Information

The Gisborne District Council monitors water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Gisborne 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 E. coli 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 the 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 E. coli test result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or if this site 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, real-time water temperature and flow rates, and what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

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Water Quality Graph

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