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Kahutara River At SH1

The Kahutara River is a hill fed river in the Kaikoura zone. This site is located in the lower reaches below SH1 at Peketa Beach where the river forms a lagoon at the Kaikoura coast.

This site is monitored for recreational water quality during the summer months  only.

This site is popular for a number of recreational activities including swimming and fishing in both the lagoon and the sea, and walking along the river and beach.

Recreational water quality at this site is influenced by flow related spikes in E. coli. Swimming is not recommended at the site for up to 48hrs following rainfall. During the summer months, potentially toxic cyanobacteria mats may pose a public health risk at this site. For up to date warnings visit

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