Recreation information has moved to the "Can I Swim Here?" section of LAWA
The Turakina River has public access via the beach at Koitiata Township. Due to a man made cut directing the river out to sea, a lagoon has formed in the old river bed. This is periodically washed out by sea water and is commonly used for swimming.
Due to the Lagoon being far easier to access than the river and it being popular with swimmers the contact recreation sample for bacteria is taken from the Lagoon.