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Oriental Bay at Wishing Well

Oriental Bay is a popular sandy beach located in the heart of Wellington City, just a short stroll from the waterfront. Nestled in the southern end of the harbour this beach is very sheltered and often calm making it popular with families. Parking is convenient all along the beach front with access to toilets close by.

This site is monitored as a part of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Programme, which is specifically designed to inform the public about the suitability of various sites across the region for swimming and other recreational activities.

The safety of water for swimming is determined by measuring ‘faecal indicator bacteria’, (Enterococci) which indicate the likely levels of pathogens in the water. Monitoring is conducted on a weekly basis over the summer months (November to March).

It is generally safe to swim at this site during dry weather, however we advise people not to swim for at least two days after rain, as water quality can be affected by stormwater runoff. For the latest water quality information, please go to the Greater Wellington Regional Council Website.

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 (enterococci) 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 (enterococci) 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
    Enterococci sampling graph
    Enterococci 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 1%) from contact with the water.
    LOW RISK
    People are exposed to a low risk of infection (between 1 and 5%) from contact with the water.
    MODERATE RISK
    People are exposed to a moderate risk of infection (between 5 and 10%) from contact with the water.
    CAUTION
    People are exposed to a high risk of infection (greater than 10%) from contact with the water.
    NO DATA
    There are not enough data points (samples) at this site to generate an Overall Recreation Risk result.

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Overall Recreation Risk: Very Low Risk
When a site is classed as very low risk, the risk of illness from exposure to enterococci is less than 1%.

Overall Recreation Risk: Low Risk
When a site is classed as low risk, the risk of illness  from exposure to enterococci is between 1 and 5%.

Overall Recreation Risk: Moderate Risk
When a site is classed as moderate risk, the risk of illness  from exposure to enterococci is between 5 and 10%.

Overall Recreation Risk: Caution
When a site is classed as Caution, the risk of illness from exposure to enterococci is greater than 10%.

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
  • Suitable for swimming
  • Suitable for walking

Beaches are a great natural  playground but they can be unpredictable. Be aware of the other potential risks such as rips or currents before jumping in.

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