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Swimming in our Rivers & Ocean 

Take our Survey2Enjoy swimming in Hawke’s Bay this summer!  Our science team monitors water quality at popular recreational water spots over summer so you can check their suitability for swimming.

This map is updated midweek with new data, every week from 1 November to 31 March, with the results for 38 monitored spots on coastal beaches, rivers and at Lake Tutira.

We use colour coded symbols to indicate suitability (see the legend on the map), with the green symbol indicating that a beach had good results this week.  But conditions can change quickly, especially after rain, and you can also do your own water quality checks at beaches, so that you can stay healthy in the water. 

Check out the video with Shane Gilmer from HBRC talking about the HBRC recreational water quality programme.

ALERT – The Tukituki River sites are considered NOT SUITABLE FOR RECREATION due to extensive growth of the potentially toxic algae Phormidium this summer

Recreational Water Quality Map

Not Suitable

Recreational Water Quality Environmental Data

LocationStatusLast CheckedGraph
Aramoana BeachSuitable20-02-2017 10:21amView Graph
Blackhead BeachNot Suitable20-02-2017 11:13amView Graph
Clive River at SH2 Bridge (Clive Boat Ramp)Not Suitable20-02-2017 10:39amView Graph
Esk River at Eskdale ParkSuitable20-02-2017 2:28pmView Graph
Hardinge Road BeachSuitable20-02-2017 8:45amView Graph
Kairakau BeachSuitable20-02-2017 9:01amView Graph
Kairakau Lagoon (mouth of Mangakuri river)Not Suitable20-02-2017 9:07amView Graph
Lake Tutira at Camp GroundNot Suitable20-02-2017 1:45pmView Graph
Mahanga BeachSuitable20-02-2017 9:28amView Graph
Mahia BeachSuitable20-02-2017 10:27amView Graph
Maraetotara LagoonSuitable20-02-2017 11:27amView Graph
Maungawhio LagoonSuitable20-02-2017 9:54amView Graph
Ngaruroro River at Chesterhope BridgeSuitable20-02-2017 10:07amView Graph
Nuhaka River at Opoutama RoadSuitable20-02-2017 11:12amView Graph
Ocean BeachSuitable20-02-2017 12:40pmView Graph
Opoutama BeachSuitable20-02-2017 10:53amView Graph
Pandora PondSuitable20-02-2017 8:31amView Graph
Porangahau BeachSuitable20-02-2017 11:53amView Graph
Porangahau River at Estuary BridgeNot Suitable20-02-2017 12:04pmView Graph
Port Sandy BeachNot Suitable20-02-2017 8:56amView Graph
Pouhokio LagoonNot Suitable20-02-2017 7:50amView Graph
Pourerere BeachSuitable20-02-2017 10:02amView Graph
Te Awanga Beach on point adjacent to camp groundSuitable20-02-2017 11:32amView Graph
Te Mahia at Whangawehi boat rampSuitable20-02-2017 10:09amView Graph
Tukituki River at Black BridgeNot Suitable20-02-2017 10:56amView Graph
Tukituki River at Walker RoadSuitable20-02-2017 1:24pmView Graph
Tukituki Rv at SH2 Br (SoE)Suitable20-02-2017 12:59pmView Graph
Tutaekuri River at Expressway BridgeSuitable20-02-2017 9:45amView Graph
Waimarama BeachSuitable20-02-2017 7:57amView Graph
Waipatiki BeachSuitable20-02-2017 7:28amView Graph
Waipatiki Stream opposite car park (Waipatiki Lagoon)Not Suitable20-02-2017 7:04amView Graph
Waipuka Stream at Ocean BeachCaution20-02-2017 12:44pmView Graph
Wairoa River at Ski ClubCaution20-02-2017 12:33pmView Graph
Westshore Beach at Surf Club buildingSuitable20-02-2017 8:07amView Graph

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