Flows in the lower river are regulated by the operation of the HEP station. There are consented treated waste discharges from dairy ponds in the catchment upstream of the site and the consented Patea Wastewater Treatment Plant discharge 0.7 km upstream of the boatramp.
Boating, fishing, and walking are the main recreational activities at this site. It is a popular boat launching site with a jetty.
Recreational bathing surveys over the last two summers (2017-2018 and 2018-2019) showed that 100% of samples met the freshwater microbiological water quality guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MfE, 2003) and did not exceed the ‘Action’ level (>550 E.coli cfu/100mls).
The State of the Environment technical report showing the freshwater recreational monitoring results for 2018-2019 is available at
Please note that the Taranaki Regional Council calculates the Overall Bacteria Risk (risk of bacterial infection from swimming) for each site based on the test results of bacteria samples collected during routine sampling events. The test results of follow up samples are not included in the assessment of risk by the regional council.