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Swimming Quality in Hawke's Bay

Our science team monitors 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 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. Click LAWA below to find a swimming spot.

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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.

We ran a #swimthrusummer photo competition throughout summer to capture you, your family/ whanau or friends at your favourite natural swim spot. We had plenty of great shots, but the overall winner was Helen Doran with photos of her daughter Sahara enjoying Karakau Beach. She wins 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.

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What about Toxic Algae?

Find out more about toxic algae in this quick video.

If your dog likes having a swim too then check out this flyer.

Recreational Water Quality in Hawke's Bay

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

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