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 Amber 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Waikawa Stream at North Manakau Road Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
OHAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Ohau River at Gladstone Reserve Green 18 Jan 2018 Red 08 Jan 2018
Ohau River at Kimberley Reserve Green 18 Jan 2018 Red 08 Jan 2018
Ohau River at Kirkaldies Reserve Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 15 Aug 2018
Ohau River at SH1 Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Aug 2018
TOKOMARU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Tokomaru River at Horseshoe Bend Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
KAHUTERAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kahuterawa Stream at Kahuterawa Reserve Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
MANAWATU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Manawatu River at Hopelands Reserve Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Manawatu River at Palmerston North Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Manawatu River at Foxton Green 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Hokowhitu Lagoon at The Walkbridge Green 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Makakahi River at Motor Camp Amber 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Makotuku River at Raetihi Motor Camp Red 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Manawatu River at Ferry Reserve Green 16 Jan 2018 Amber 16 Jan 2018
Manawatu River at Ahimate Beach (formerly Waitoetoe Park) Green 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Manawatu River at Weber Road Green 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Manawatu River at Whirokino Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Mangaore Stream at downstream Mangahao Power Station Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
MANGATAINOKA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangatainoka River at SH2 Reserve Green 18 Jan 2018 Red 16 Jan 2018
Mangatainoka River at Pahiatua Town Bridge Amber 16 Jan 2018 Red 16 Jan 2018
Mangatainoka River at Scarborough Konini Road Green 16 Jan 2018 Red 16 Jan 2018
MANGAHAO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangahao River at Marima Domain Green 18 Jan 2018 Red 16 Jan 2018
Mangahao River at Poplar Reserve Green 16 Jan 2018 Red 16 Jan 2018
POHANGINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Pohangina River at Totara Reserve Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Pohangina River at Piripiri Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Pohangina River at Raumai Reserve Amber 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
OROUA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Oroua River at Feilding (Timona Park) Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Oroua River at Bartletts Ford Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Oroua River at Londons Ford Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Oroua River at Almadale Amber 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Oroua River at Awahuri Bridge Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Oroua River at Feilding Road Bridge (Colyton Reserve) Amber 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
RANGITIKEI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Rangitikei River at Mangaweka Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at Vinegar Hill Green 18 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Hautapu River at Papakai Park Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Moawhango River at Moawhango Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at Bulls Bridge Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at Kakariki Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at McKelvies Red 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at Onepuhi Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at Pukeokahu Green 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at the meeting of the waters Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Rangitikei River at Estuary Red 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
WHANGANUI E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Whanganui River at Town Bridge Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Manganui o te Ao at Ruatiti Domain Green 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Ongarue River at Cherry Grove Green 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Raukawa Falls Red 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Whakapapa River at Owhango Green 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Cherry Grove Green 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Union Boat Club Pontoons Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Whanganui River at Manunui Green 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Whanganui River at Mosquito Point Green 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Whanganui River at Pipiriki Amber 16 Jan 2018 No Data
COASTAL LAKES E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Duddings Lake Green 15 Jan 2018 Amber 09 Jan 2018
Lake Wiritoa Green 15 Jan 2018 Amber 09 Jan 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 Amber 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Akitio River at Estuary Green 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
Kai Iwi Stream at Archers Bridge Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Ototoka Stream at Beach Road Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
Wainui Stream at Herbertville Green 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
KAIKOKOPU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Kaikokopu Stream at Himatangi Beach Green 16 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018
MOWHANAU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mowhanau Stream at Footbridge Red 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
TURAKINA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Turakina River at Mouth Amber 15 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
WAIRARAWA E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Wairarawa Stream at Waitarere Beach Green 14 Jan 2018 Green 15 Jan 2018
WHANGAEHU E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Mangawhero River at SH49 Amber 16 Jan 2018 No Recent Data 20 Mar 2017
Mangawhero River at Burns Street Amber 16 Jan 2018 No Data
Whangaehu River at Fields Track Green 16 Jan 2018 No Data
AKITIO E. coli Last update Cyanobacteria Last update
Waihi River at Falls Red 07 Jan 2018 Green 16 Jan 2018

Coastal

COASTAL BEACHES Enterococci Last update
Tasman Sea at Waikawa Beach Green 14 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at Hokio Beach Green 14 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at Waitarere Beach Green 14 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at Foxton Beach Green 16 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at Himatangi Beach Green 16 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at Castlecliff Beach Green 15 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at Kai Iwi Beach Green 15 Jan 2018
Pacific Ocean at Akitio Beach Green 16 Jan 2018
Pacific Ocean at Herbertville Beach Green 16 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at South Beach Green 15 Jan 2018
Tasman Sea at Turakina Beach Green 15 Jan 2018