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Taieri River at Waipiata

The Taieri River has a catchment area of 5650km². This upper catchment site has a popular swimming hole.

The Taieri River flows through the dry, 660km² area of the Maniototo Plain, west of the Rock and Pillar Range. At the southern end of the Rock and Pillar Range is the man-made Logan Burn reservoir; part of the combined Maniototo Irrigation and Hydroelectric Scheme. A secondary reservoir for this scheme is located near Paerau.

The river follows an extremely meandering course through large scroll plains in the Maniototo. These are unique and scientifically important features of the upper catchment, land use in this area is increasingly used for dairy farming. Waipiata is located downstream of the scroll plains.

Waipata will track changes in water quality as a result of recent agricultural intensification in the upper Taieri. Waipiata is also a minimum flow site.

Recreational water quality

Summer Monitoring:

Many councils monitor popular recreational sites weekly over the summer months. This lets swimmers know what the most recent bacteria (E. coli) levels were. Remember, even for sites where the monitoring has shown an acceptable to swim test result, some conditions can make them unsuitable to swim in from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming after heavy rainfall for 48 hours.

Overall Recreation Risk:

The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site over the recreational bathing season. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (E. coli) data collected over the last three years during the summer monitoring months. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.

See the factsheet on coastal and freshwater recreation monitoring for more information.

  • Summer season monitoring

    A recent snapshot based on a single sample

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    Summer season monitoring history

    • Last 4 Samples
    • All samples this season
    E. coli sampling graph
    E. coli sampling table
    Sample Date Status Result Observations

    What do the icons mean?

    Acceptable – continue routine monitoring
    Acceptable – Alert. Increase monitoring and investigate source
    Unacceptable – Action. Immediate re-sample, public warning issued if required, increased monitoring and investigate source
  • Overall recreation risk

    The long term risk status based on three years of data

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    Overall recreation risk information

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    What do the icons mean?

    VERY LOW RISK
    People are exposed to a very low risk of infection (less than 0.1%) from contact with the water.
    LOW RISK
    People are exposed to a low risk of infection (between 0.1 and 1%) from contact with the water.
    MODERATE RISK
    People are exposed to a moderate risk of infection(between 1 and 5%) from contact with the water.
    CAUTION
    People are exposed to a high risk of infection (greater than 5%) from contact with the water.
    NO DATA
    There are not enough data points (samples) at this site to generate an Overall Recreation Risk result.

Overall Recreation Risk: Very Low Risk
When a site is classed as very low risk, the risk of illness from exposure to E. coli is less than 0.1%.

View a factsheet on all recreational water quality monitoring

Overall Recreation Risk: Low Risk
When a site is classed as low risk, the risk of illness  from exposure to  E. coli is between 0.1 and 1%. 

View a factsheet on all recreational water quality monitoring

Overall Recreation Risk: Moderate Risk
When a site is classed as moderate risk, the risk of illness  from exposure to  E. coli is between 1 and 5%.

View a factsheet on all recreational water quality monitoring

Overall Recreation Risk: Caution
When a site is classed as Caution, the risk of illness from exposure to E. coli is greater than 5%.

View a factsheet on all recreational water quality monitoring

A minimum of 30 samples are required to calculate an overall recreation risk. For more information on this site view the Summer Season Monitoring

This data is collected by trained council staff and analysed by accredited laboratories. Regional Councils are currently reviewing the methodology of how to best calculate recreational water quality. Once new guidelines are established, they will be applied to this data and the appropriate Cawthron Tick will be given.

Recreational activities
Site suitable for these activities
  • Private Land
    Private land with access by permission
  • Suitable for swimming
  • Suitable for fishing
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for dogs

Rivers and Lakes are great natural  playgrounds but they can be unpredictable. Be aware of the other potential risks before jumping in.