Our science team monitors the water quality at popular swim spots over summer so you can check if it's safe to wim 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, from 1 November to 31 March, we check 34 beach and river sites all over Hawke's Bay, updating the results on this page by mid-week.
On this page you can find whether it's 'good to go' at popular spots in Hawke's Bay. For more detailed information and facilities about each swimming spot, click on any site to go to the LAWA website.
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.
If it's been raining heavily, our best advice is to stay out of the water for 3 days. A handy guide is - if you can't see your toes when standing knee-deep in water, then water quality is not the best for a swim.
Clive River, Waipuka Stream and Puhokio Stream are generally less suitable for swimming or recreational use, due to higher potential bacteria levels. The Clive River and Puhokio stream are sampled fortnightly as they have permanent signs up warning of the health risks. the Regional Council, community groups and landowners are working to improve water quality in these places.
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