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Swimming Quality in Hawke's BayTe kounga kaukau ki Te Matau-a-Māui

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?

On this page you can find whether it's recommended to swim at the more popular spots in Hawke's Bay. For more detailed information about each site, or to find other sites in Hawke's Bay, head over to LAWA using the link below where you'll find full results on where it's safe to swim and the facilities at each site.

Click here to find a swimming spot

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Reminder about swimming after rain

Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we advise you not to swim for 2 – 3 days after heavy or prolonged rain – even at sites that generally have good water quality. Check that the water is clean and clear before taking a dip too.

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.

Watch our 'check you're good to go' video

How we monitor Recreational Water Quality in Hawke's Bay



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