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 affect 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.
  • Health-risk at ocean beaches is almost always low.
  • 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.
     

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Fresh water

WAIKAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Waikawa Estuary at Footbridge No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Waikawa Stream at North Manakau Road No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
OHAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Ohau River at Gladstone Reserve Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Ohau River at Kimberley Reserve Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Ohau River at Kirkaldies Reserve Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Ohau River at SH1 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
TOKOMARU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Tokomaru River at Horseshoe Bend Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
KAHUTERAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kahuterawa Stream at Kahuterawa Reserve Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
MANAWATU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Manawatu River at Hopelands Reserve Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 16 Apr 2018
Manawatu River at Palmerston North Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Manawatu River at Foxton No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 20 Mar 2018
Hokowhitu Lagoon at The Walkbridge No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Makakahi River at Motor Camp No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 10 Apr 2018
Makotuku River at Raetihi Motor Camp No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
Manawatu River at Ferry Reserve No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 10 Apr 2018
Manawatu River at Ahimate Beach (formerly Waitoetoe Park) No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Manawatu River at Weber Road No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 04 Apr 2018
Manawatu River at Whirokino No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Mangaore Stream at downstream Mangahao Power Station No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
MANGATAINOKA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangatainoka River at SH2 Reserve Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Mangatainoka River at Pahiatua Town Bridge No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Mangatainoka River at Scarborough Konini Road No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
MANGAHAO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangahao River at Marima Domain Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Mangahao River at Poplar Reserve No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 04 Apr 2018
POHANGINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Pohangina River at Totara Reserve Amber 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 08 Apr 2018
Pohangina River at Piripiri No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 08 Apr 2018
Pohangina River at Raumai Reserve No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 08 Apr 2018
OROUA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Oroua River at Feilding (Timona Park) Red 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Oroua River at Bartletts Ford No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 08 Apr 2018
Oroua River at Londons Ford No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 08 Apr 2018
Oroua River at Almadale No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Oroua River at Awahuri Bridge No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Oroua River at Feilding Road Bridge (Colyton Reserve) No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
RANGITIKEI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Rangitikei River at Mangaweka Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at Vinegar Hill Green 19 Sep 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Hautapu River at Papakai Park No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Moawhango River at Moawhango No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at Bulls Bridge No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 09 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at Kakariki No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at McKelvies No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 08 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at Onepuhi No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at Pukeokahu No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at the meeting of the waters No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Rangitikei River at Estuary No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 08 Apr 2018
WHANGANUI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Whanganui River at Town Bridge No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Manganui o te Ao at Ruatiti Domain No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
Ongarue River at Cherry Grove No Recent Data 07 May 2018 No Data
Raukawa Falls No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
Whakapapa River at Owhango No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Cherry Grove No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Union Boat Club Pontoons No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Whanganui River at Manunui No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Mosquito Point No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Whanganui River at Pipiriki No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
COASTAL LAKES E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Duddings Lake No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Lake Wiritoa No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 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
Hokio Estuary at Muaupoko St Bridge No Recent Data 25 Feb 2018 No Recent Data 25 Feb 2018
Akitio River at Estuary No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 16 Apr 2018
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 No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 16 Apr 2018
KAIKOKOPU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kaikokopu Stream at Himatangi Beach No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 22 Apr 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 Recent Data 24 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
WAIRARAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Wairarawa Stream at Waitarere Beach No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
WHANGAEHU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangawhero River at SH49 No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 20 Mar 2017
Mangawhero River at Burns Street No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
Whangaehu River at Fields Track No Recent Data 17 Apr 2018 No Data
AKITIO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Waihi River at Falls No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018 No Recent Data 16 Apr 2018

Coastal

COASTAL BEACHES Enterococci Last update
Tasman Sea at Waikawa Beach No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Tasman Sea at Hokio Beach No Recent Data 02 Mar 2018
Tasman Sea at Waitarere Beach No Recent Data 23 Apr 2018
Tasman Sea at Foxton Beach No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Tasman Sea at Himatangi Beach No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Tasman Sea at Castlecliff Beach No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Tasman Sea at Kai Iwi Beach No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Pacific Ocean at Akitio Beach No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Pacific Ocean at Herbertville Beach No Recent Data 22 Apr 2018
Tasman Sea at South Beach No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018
Tasman Sea at Turakina Beach No Recent Data 24 Apr 2018