Whakamana te Waituna

Water levels of Waituna Lagoon

Find out what the level of the lagoon currently is, and what it is forecast to be in coming weeks.

Since 1969 the Lake Waituna Control Association has overseen the organising of lagoon openings on behalf of local farmers (and also fishermen in the early days). Once the water level of Waituna Lagoon reaches a certain trigger level noted in the resource consent, which varies at different times of the year, the lagoon can be opened to the sea.

Current and forecast water level:

Opening Waituna Lagoon to the sea, October 2019. Photo by Ewen Pirie.

Lagoon mouth four days after opening, October 2019. Photo by Ewen Pirie.