Waikawa Beach drone photos, January 2022

Over the past couple of weeks Twitter user SirWB has published a fair few drone photos of Waikawa Beach. The following are posted with permission. All photos are from a drone and show various views of the river mouth, estuary and river, and Strathnaver.

Beware if you’re viewing using cell data — there are about 20 photos totalling around 10 MB. There is only one photo on the first page, the rest need a click to see them. No captions or alt text.

Waikawa Beach January 2022.

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Happy New Year

In this last hour of 2021 I’d like to remind you all to take a tour of the most excellent Christmas lights around Waikawa Beach. Starting with the huge tree at the village entrance, going through the village and around in Strathnaver many houses are displaying lights, from a simple string on the gate through to the magnificence of Wendy and Peter Clark’s display in James Street.

Take an evening tour and enjoy. Some of the lights are shown below. Thanks to all those who dedicated themselves to bringing a bit of sparkle to the end of a tough year.

Happy New Year everyone!

Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.
Christmas lights at Waikawa Beach.

Lemon-aid entrepreneur at the footbridge

Charlie Strivens said on Facebook, on Sunday 26 December 2021:

This is Dan. He made this lemon aid cart and is parked by the footbridge car park. It’s good to support the young entrepreneurs so feel free to pop down and support Dan 😀

Lemon-aid cart.

Be sure to scan in, and note the varied menu, with Online Payments options for those of us who no longer carry coins around!

Photo and text posted with permission.

Play the Wow Waikawa! photo spotting game

Something outdoorsy to do over the Christmas break: Spot the Wow Waikawa! photos.

There are at least 3 ways to play the game:

  • randomly spot photos as you go about your daily Waikawa Beach life;
  • see if you can find a photo you sent in;
  • grab a Clue Sheet and try to find all the photos. Clue Sheet A is available from Awa Pukapuka, from the Wow Waikawa! website, or email: photos@wow-waikawa.nz and ask for a PDF. Clue Sheet B will be available in early January.

The last way might appeal more to kids, but I’m sure plenty of adults would enjoy the hunt too. 😀 Some photos are super easy to spot; others require a bit of sleuthing.

If you’re looking for all the photos keep these things in mind:

  • Some photos are simple to find.
  • Others need a bit of sleuthing.
  • Some photos are big; some are small.
  • Look at the photos but don’t touch.
  • Note down what’s in the photo, its number, and where it is.
Map of Waikawa Beach.
Where you might spot photos — anywhere publicly accessible after entering the village on Waikawa Beach Road.

Thanks again to all those who submitted photos. So sorry we couldn’t use them all!

One thing I love about all the Wow Waikawa! photos is that I feel like I could have taken them myself (unlike those professional photos you see in competitions where you think: I could never in a million years get that shot.) It felt so great putting the photos up and in my opinion, although Waikawa Beach is already wonderful, the photos add just that extra glint of gloriousness!

Check before swimming at Waikawa, December 2021

Horizons Regional Council are warning everyone to be careful around river and beach swim spots this summer: Swimmers advised to take care before diving in (23 December 2021, 11:23 AM). They say:

Horizons Regional Council’s swim spot monitoring results have shown many river and beach sites are currently not suitable for swimming or collecting kai following the recent heavy rainfall and flooding across the region.

Indicators that determine the grading for swim spots, which is E.coli for freshwater sites and Enterococci at coastal sites, can increase significantly with high rainfall as contaminants from urban and rural settings are washed into waterways. …

“This week Waikawa, Himatangi and Foxton beaches have also all returned one sample showing high levels of Enteroccoci. They are now being resampled with results expected tomorrow night and if a second high Enterococci result is returned, they will be closed as well. …

“Enterococci is a naturally occurring bacteria found in the gut of humans and animals and at high levels indicates a health risk to people when swimming or participating in other water related activities.

“If the coastal swim spots council monitors for contact recreation returns a result greater than 280 Enterococci per 100mL the swim spot is resampled within 24 hours following Ministry of Health guidelines.”

It’s so unusual for the water quality at our Tasman Sea site (just north of the river mouth) to be poor that we don’t usually keep tabs on it. The graph for measurements from the last 5 years shows only 3 readings that aren’t green — all from December 2021.

Tasman Sea readings.
Tasman Sea readings.

Meanwhile, readings at the footbridge that have been high, have dropped again.

Footbridge readings, this season.
Footbridge readings, this season.