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 10 Dec 2018 No Data
Waikawa Stream at North Manakau Road Green 10 Dec 2018 Green 10 Dec 2018
OHAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Ohau River at Gladstone Reserve Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 10 Dec 2018
Ohau River at Kimberley Reserve Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 10 Dec 2018
Ohau River at Kirkaldies Reserve Green 13 Dec 2018 Red 10 Dec 2018
Ohau River at SH1 Green 10 Dec 2018 Red 10 Dec 2018
TOKOMARU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Tokomaru River at Horseshoe Bend Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 10 Dec 2018
KAHUTERAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kahuterawa Stream at Kahuterawa Reserve Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 10 Dec 2018
MANAWATU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Manawatu River at Hopelands Reserve Green 13 Dec 2018 No Data
Manawatu River at Palmerston North Red 13 Dec 2018 No Data
Manawatu River at Foxton Red 09 Dec 2018 No Data
Hokowhitu Lagoon at The Walkbridge Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Makakahi River at Motor Camp Amber 09 Dec 2018 Red 09 Dec 2018
Makotuku River at Raetihi Motor Camp Amber 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Manawatu River at Ferry Reserve Green 11 Dec 2018 No Data
Manawatu River at Ahimate Beach (formerly Waitoetoe Park) Red 09 Dec 2018 No Data
Manawatu River at Weber Road Amber 11 Dec 2018 No Data
Manawatu River at Whirokino Red 10 Dec 2018 No Data
Mangaore Stream at downstream Mangahao Power Station Green 10 Dec 2018 Green 10 Dec 2018
MANGATAINOKA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangatainoka River at SH2 Reserve Green 13 Dec 2018 Red 09 Dec 2018
Mangatainoka River at Pahiatua Town Bridge Amber 09 Dec 2018 Red 09 Dec 2018
Mangatainoka River at Scarborough Konini Road Green 09 Dec 2018 Red 09 Dec 2018
MANGAHAO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangahao River at Marima Domain Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Mangahao River at Poplar Reserve Green 09 Dec 2018 Red 09 Dec 2018
POHANGINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Pohangina River at Totara Reserve Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Pohangina River at Piripiri Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Pohangina River at Raumai Reserve Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
OROUA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Oroua River at Feilding (Timona Park) Red 13 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Oroua River at Bartletts Ford Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Oroua River at Londons Ford Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Oroua River at Almadale Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Oroua River at Awahuri Bridge Green 11 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Oroua River at Feilding Road Bridge (Colyton Reserve) Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
RANGITIKEI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Rangitikei River at Mangaweka Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at Vinegar Hill Green 13 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Hautapu River at Papakai Park Amber 11 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Moawhango River at Moawhango Green 11 Dec 2018 Red 11 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at Bulls Bridge Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at Kakariki Green 11 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at McKelvies Green 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at Onepuhi Green 11 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at Pukeokahu Green 11 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at the Meetings of the Waters Green 11 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
Rangitikei River at Estuary Green 09 Dec 2018 No Data
Mangawharariki at Ruahine Dress Circle Green 11 Dec 2018 Green 11 Dec 2018
WHANGANUI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Whanganui River at Town Bridge Amber 11 Dec 2018 No Data
Manganui o te Ao at Ruatiti Domain Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Ongarue River at Cherry Grove Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Raukawa Falls Red 04 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Whakapapa River at Owhango Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Whanganui River at Cherry Grove Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Whanganui River at Union Boat Club Pontoons Green 11 Dec 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Manunui Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Whanganui River at Mosquito Point Green 11 Dec 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Pipiriki Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
COASTAL LAKES E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Duddings Lake No Data Red 03 Dec 2018
Lake Wiritoa No Data Red 11 Dec 2018
Lake Horowhenua at Domain Foreshore Lake Horowhenua is not suitable for swimming Red 07 Dec 2017 Red 07 Dec 2017
COASTAL STREAMS AND ESTUARIES E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Akitio River at Estuary Amber 11 Dec 2018 No Data
Kai Iwi Stream at Archers Bridge Swimming is not currently suitable at this site Red 19 Jan 2018 Red 19 Jan 2018
Ototoka Stream at Beach Road Swimming is not currently suitable at this site Red 19 Jan 2018 Red 19 Jan 2018
Wainui Stream at Herbertville Amber 11 Dec 2018 No Data
KAIKOKOPU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kaikokopu Stream at Himatangi Beach Amber 09 Dec 2018 Green 09 Dec 2018
MOWHANAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mowhanau Stream at Footbridge Swimming is not currently suitable at this site Red 19 Jan 2018 Red 19 Jan 2018
TURAKINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Turakina River at Mouth No Data No Data
WAIRARAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Wairarawa Stream at Waitarere Beach Green 10 Dec 2018 Green 10 Dec 2018
WHANGAEHU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangawhero River at SH49 Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Mangawhero River at Burns Street Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
Whangaehu River at Fields Track Green 11 Dec 2018 No Recent Data 13 Nov 2018
AKITIO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Waihi River at Falls Red 11 Dec 2018 No Data

Coastal

COASTAL BEACHES Enterococci Last update
Tasman Sea at Waikawa Beach Green 10 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at Waitarere Beach Green 10 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at Foxton Beach Green 09 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at Himatangi Beach Green 09 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at Castlecliff Beach Green 11 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at Kai Iwi Beach Green 11 Dec 2018
Pacific Ocean at Akitio Beach Green 11 Dec 2018
Pacific Ocean at Herbertville Beach Green 11 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at South Beach Green 11 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at Turakina Beach Green 11 Dec 2018
Tasman Sea at Ototoka Beach Green 11 Dec 2018