Safe Swim Spots

The information below replicates the data found on our swim spots map and LAWA’s ‘Can I Swim Here?’ webpages – providing you with the most up to date data on the health of our region’s most popular sites.
The information on this page is as up to date as possible; however unpredicted weather or other influences can have an effect on water quality in between monitoring. To judge the suitability of a swim spot on site, use the following guidelines:

  • If the water looks clean and clear, it should be safe to swim.
  • It is safest to wait for the water to clear after rain before swimming in rivers.
  • In high flow, swimming in rivers is never recommended regardless of E.coli levels.
  • Be mindful of potential risks when swimming; hazards in natural environments can include cliffs, sunken logs, rocks and trees in rivers, and rips at beaches.
  • If musty smelling, black slimy mat-like growths are observed on river bed stones during low river flows, it is safest for you and your dog to avoid using the river.
  • Levels of cyanobacteria in lakes can change rapidly. If you see a light green coloured scum forming on the lake avoid contact with the water and keep animals out. This LAWA factsheet will help you know what to look for.
     

Fresh water

WAIKAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Waikawa Estuary at Footbridge Amber 19 Feb 2019 No Data
OHAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Ohau River at Gladstone Reserve Green 23 Feb 2019 Red 18 Feb 2019
Ohau River at Kimberley Reserve Green 23 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Ohau River at Kirkaldies Reserve Green 23 Feb 2019 Red 18 Feb 2019
Ohau River at SH1 Green 19 Feb 2019 Red 19 Feb 2019
TOKOMARU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Tokomaru River at Horseshoe Bend Green 23 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
KAHUTERAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kahuterawa Stream at Sledge Track Green 23 Feb 2019 Red 18 Feb 2019
MANAWATU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Manawatu River at Hopelands Reserve Green 23 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
Manawatu River at Palmerston North Green 23 Feb 2019 Green 19 Feb 2019
Manawatu River at Foxton Green 17 Feb 2019 No Data
Hokowhitu Lagoon at The Walkbridge Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
Makakahi River at Motor Camp Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
Manawatu River at Ferry Reserve Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
Manawatu River at Ahimate Beach (formerly Waitoetoe Park) Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
Manawatu River at Weber Road Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
Manawatu River at Whirokino Green 18 Feb 2019 No Data
Mangaore Stream at downstream Mangahao Power Station Green 18 Feb 2019 Red 18 Feb 2019
MANGATAINOKA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangatainoka River at SH2 Reserve Green 23 Feb 2019 Red 17 Feb 2019
Mangatainoka River at Pahiatua Town Bridge Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
Mangatainoka River at Scarborough Konini Road Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
MANGAHAO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangahao River at Marima Domain Red 23 Feb 2019 Red 17 Feb 2019
Mangahao River at Poplar Reserve Green 17 Feb 2019 Red 17 Feb 2019
POHANGINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Pohangina River at Totara Reserve Green 23 Feb 2019 Green 19 Feb 2019
Pohangina River at Piripiri Green 19 Feb 2019 Red 19 Feb 2019
Pohangina River at Raumai Reserve Green 19 Feb 2019 Green 19 Feb 2019
OROUA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Oroua River at Feilding (Timona Park) Green 23 Feb 2019 Red 19 Feb 2019
Oroua River at Bartletts Ford Green 19 Feb 2019 Green 19 Feb 2019
Oroua River at Londons Ford Green 19 Feb 2019 Red 19 Feb 2019
Oroua River at Almadale Green 19 Feb 2019 Red 19 Feb 2019
Oroua River at Awahuri Bridge Green 18 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Oroua River at Feilding Road Bridge (Colyton Reserve) Green 19 Feb 2019 Green 19 Feb 2019
RANGITIKEI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Rangitikei River at Mangaweka Green 23 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at Vinegar Hill Green 23 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Hautapu River at Papakai Park Green 18 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Moawhango River at Moawhango Green 18 Feb 2019 Red 18 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at Bulls Bridge Green 19 Feb 2019 Green 19 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at Kakariki Green 18 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at McKelvies Green 19 Feb 2019 Green 19 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at Onepuhi Green 18 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at Pukeokahu Green 18 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at the Meetings of the Waters Green 18 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
Rangitikei River at Estuary Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Mangawharariki at Ruahine Dress Circle Green 18 Feb 2019 Red 18 Feb 2019
WHANGANUI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Whanganui River at Town Bridge Green 18 Feb 2019 No Data
Makotuku River at Raetihi Motor Camp Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Manganui o te Ao at Ruatiti Domain Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Ongarue River at Cherry Grove Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Raukawa Falls Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Whakapapa River at Owhango Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Whanganui River at Cherry Grove Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Whanganui River at Union Boat Club Pontoons Green 18 Feb 2019 No Data
Whanganui River at Manunui Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Whanganui River at Mosquito Point Amber 18 Feb 2019 No Data
Whanganui River at Pipiriki Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
COASTAL LAKES E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Duddings Lake Red 18 Feb 2019 Amber 10 Feb 2019
Lake Wiritoa Green 18 Feb 2019 Amber 10 Feb 2019
Lake Horowhenua at Domain Foreshore Lake Horowhenua is not suitable for swimming Red Red
COASTAL STREAMS AND ESTUARIES E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Akitio River at Estuary Green 17 Feb 2019 No Data
Kai Iwi Stream at Archers Bridge Swimming is not currently suitable at this site Red Red
Ototoka Stream at Beach Road Swimming is not currently suitable at this site Red Red
Wainui Stream at Herbertville Amber 17 Feb 2019 No Data
KAIKOKOPU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kaikokopu Stream at Himatangi Beach Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019
MOWHANAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mowhanau Stream at Footbridge Swimming is not currently suitable at this site Red Red
TURAKINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Turakina River at Mouth Green 18 Feb 2019 No Data
WAIRARAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Wairarawa Stream at Waitarere Beach Green 18 Feb 2019 Green 18 Feb 2019
WHANGAEHU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangawhero River at SH49 Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Mangawhero River at Burns Street Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
Whangaehu River at Fields Track Green 19 Feb 2019 No Data
AKITIO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Waihi River at Falls Green 17 Feb 2019 Green 17 Feb 2019

Coastal

COASTAL BEACHES Enterococci Last update
Tasman Sea at Waikawa Beach Green 18 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at Waitarere Beach Green 18 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at Foxton Beach Green 17 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at Himatangi Beach Green 17 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at Castlecliff Beach Green 18 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at Kai Iwi Beach Green 18 Feb 2019
Pacific Ocean at Akitio Beach Green 17 Feb 2019
Pacific Ocean at Herbertville Beach Green 17 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at South Beach Green 18 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at Turakina Beach Green 18 Feb 2019
Tasman Sea at Ototoka Beach Green 18 Feb 2019