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 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
OHAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Ohau River at Gladstone Reserve Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Ohau River at Kimberley Reserve Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Ohau River at Kirkaldies Reserve Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Ohau River at SH1 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
TOKOMARU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Tokomaru River at Horseshoe Bend Red 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
KAHUTERAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kahuterawa Stream at Sledge Track Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
MANAWATU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Manawatu River at Hopelands Reserve Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Manawatu River at Palmerston North Red 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Manawatu River at Foxton No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Hokowhitu Lagoon at The Walkbridge No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Makakahi River at Motor Camp No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Manawatu River at Ferry Reserve No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Manawatu River at Ahimate Beach (formerly Waitoetoe Park) No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Manawatu River at Weber Road No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Manawatu River at Whirokino No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Mangaore Stream at downstream Mangahao Power Station No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
MANGATAINOKA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangatainoka River at SH2 Reserve Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Mangatainoka River at Pahiatua Town Bridge No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Mangatainoka River at Scarborough Konini Road No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
MANGAHAO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangahao River at Marima Domain Red 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Mangahao River at Poplar Reserve No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
POHANGINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Pohangina River at Totara Reserve Red 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Pohangina River at Piripiri No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Pohangina River at Raumai Reserve No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
OROUA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Oroua River at Feilding (Timona Park) Red 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Oroua River at Bartletts Ford No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Oroua River at Londons Ford No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Oroua River at Almadale No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Oroua River at Awahuri Bridge No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Oroua River at Feilding Road Bridge (Colyton Reserve) No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
RANGITIKEI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Rangitikei River at Mangaweka Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at Vinegar Hill Green 21 Aug 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Hautapu River at Papakai Park No Recent Data 15 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 15 Apr 2019
Moawhango River at Moawhango No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at Bulls Bridge No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at Kakariki No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at McKelvies No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at Onepuhi No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at Pukeokahu No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at the Meetings of the Waters No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Rangitikei River at Estuary No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Mangawharariki at Ruahine Dress Circle No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
WHANGANUI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Whanganui River at Town Bridge No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Makotuku River at Raetihi Motor Camp No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Manganui o te Ao at Ruatiti Domain No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Ongarue River at Cherry Grove No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Raukawa Falls No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Whakapapa River at Owhango No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Whanganui River at Cherry Grove No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Whanganui River at Union Boat Club Pontoons No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Whanganui River at Manunui No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Whanganui River at Mosquito Point No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Whanganui River at Pipiriki No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
COASTAL LAKES E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Duddings Lake No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Lake Wiritoa No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 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 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
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 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
KAIKOKOPU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kaikokopu Stream at Himatangi Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 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 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
WAIRARAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Wairarawa Stream at Waitarere Beach No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
WHANGAEHU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangawhero River at SH49 No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Mangawhero River at Burns Street No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
Whangaehu River at Fields Track No Recent Data 01 May 2019 No Recent Data 20 Feb 2019
AKITIO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Waihi River at Falls No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019 No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019

Coastal

COASTAL BEACHES Enterococci Last update
Tasman Sea at Waikawa Beach No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at Waitarere Beach No Recent Data 29 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at Foxton Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at Himatangi Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at Castlecliff Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at Kai Iwi Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Pacific Ocean at Akitio Beach No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Pacific Ocean at Herbertville Beach No Recent Data 28 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at South Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at Turakina Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019
Tasman Sea at Ototoka Beach No Recent Data 30 Apr 2019