Swimming in our Rivers & Ocean
Our science team monitor the water at popular swim spots over summer so you can check if it's safe to swim where you like to go. Our results go to the national LAWA.org.nz website so you can see if it's 'good to go' wherever you are in NZ.
Every Monday we check 34 beach and river sites all over Hawke's Bay, updating the results mid-week. This happens from 1 November until 31 March.
Can I swim here?
LAWA has detailed information about each site, with results on where it's safe to swim and the facilities at each site.
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Swim thru Summer Photo Competition
From jumping in the swimming hole at Puketapu Bridge to surfing at Ocean Beach, to a cool dip in the Esk River or a picnic at Waipatiki Beach, our region is full of fantastic swim spots for you to enjoy this summer. PLUS now there's a chance to #swimthrusummer and WIN!
How to enter
Have you got a pic of you, your family/ whanau or friends at your favourite natural swim spot? Simply post it to our Facebook Page using #swimthrusummer. Be sure to tag the HBRC region location too. All entries that qualify go in a draw to WIN a family Grade 2 Mohaka Rafting adventure package for 2 adults and 2 children from Mohaka Rafting. Mohaka Rafting offers guests an unparalleled rafting experience on the stunning Mohaka River gorge.
Terms and Conditions:
The Swim thru Summer competition runs from 10 December 2017, closing 11 February 2018. You may enter as many times as you like. Entries must include the #swimthrusummer hashtag and a tagged Hawke's Bay location. The photograph must include a swimming spot in our region. By entering this competition and using the #swimthrusummer, you are giving HBRC permission to use your image for future publicity and promotional purposes. HBRC has the right to report any images that are in breach of standard social media guidelines and HBRC safety guidelines (for example nudity, profanity, or evidence of reckless or unsafe activity). The winner will be notified by social media by 19 February 2018. Our decision is final. Prize(s) can not be exchanged for cash.
What about Toxic Algae?
Recreational Water Quality in Hawke's Bay
Check out the video with Shane Gilmer from HBRC talking about the HBRC recreational water quality programme.
We use colour coded symbols to indicate where it's safe to swim (see the legend on the map). Green means a beach had good results this week. But conditions can change quickly, especially after rain. You can also do your own water quality checks at beaches, to stay safe and healthy as you swim through summer.
Recreational Water Quality Map