Piha Lagoon - South

Managed by Pulse Energy

The Piha Lagoon sits directly behind the dark volcanic sands and world class surf breaks of Piha beach. The lagoon provides swimmers with a gentler alternative to rough waves and the deceptive currents and riptides endemic to this area of the ocean. The north and south sections of Piha are demarcated by the famous silhouette of Lion’s Rock, a natural stone formation extending out into the ocean. Beachfront parking is available, as are toilets, change rooms, and seasonal restaurants.

This beach has received special status of red. The area will continue to be monitored but warning signs have been posted as it has a history of poor water quality.

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Special 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

Piha Lagoon - South is sampled weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Auckland Council’s Safeswim program monitors water quality throughout Auckland's Coastal and Freshwater beaches. The monitoring season starts the first week of November until the end of March. Sampling takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and results are expected in time for the weekend.

Freshwater is tested to measure E.coli levels. Lake Kereta, Lake Ototoa, Lake Slipper, Lake Tomarata are tested for cyanobacteria (toxic algae) where a potential problem exists.

An amber alert is issued by Safeswim when test results show E.coli levels higher than 260 units / 100ml of water. Warning are issued when a single sample test result show E.coli levels higher than 550 units / 100ml of water.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season. Results are also available on the latest monitoring pages for beaches and lakes and via 0800 723 379.

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 a single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED rank.

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 stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

You can report pollution concerns by calling 09 377 3107 or by using our Report Pollution tool on Swim Guide.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Piha Lagoon - South

Managed by Pulse Energy

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Special 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:   

The Piha Lagoon sits directly behind the dark volcanic sands and world class surf breaks of Piha beach. The lagoon provides swimmers with a gentler alternative to rough waves and the deceptive currents and riptides endemic to this area of the ocean. The north and south sections of Piha are demarcated by the famous silhouette of Lion’s Rock, a natural stone formation extending out into the ocean. Beachfront parking is available, as are toilets, change rooms, and seasonal restaurants.

This beach has received special status of red. The area will continue to be monitored but warning signs have been posted as it has a history of poor water quality.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Piha Lagoon - South is sampled weekly from January 1st to March 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Auckland Council’s Safeswim program monitors water quality throughout Auckland's Coastal and Freshwater beaches. The monitoring season starts the first week of November until the end of March. Sampling takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and results are expected in time for the weekend.

Freshwater is tested to measure E.coli levels. Lake Kereta, Lake Ototoa, Lake Slipper, Lake Tomarata are tested for cyanobacteria (toxic algae) where a potential problem exists.

An amber alert is issued by Safeswim when test results show E.coli levels higher than 260 units / 100ml of water. Warning are issued when a single sample test result show E.coli levels higher than 550 units / 100ml of water.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season. Results are also available on the latest monitoring pages for beaches and lakes and via 0800 723 379.

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 a single sample is greater than 260 E. coli/100 mL and there is an AMBER or RED rank.

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 stormwater outfalls and at stream mouths.

You can report pollution concerns by calling 09 377 3107 or by using our Report Pollution tool on Swim Guide.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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