Find the best places to swim over the summer months. Updated throughout the day, LAWA shows the latest water quality results for hundreds of recreational sites throughout Aotearoa.
Select a site from the list below to find out more on the water quality, what facilities are available, and other helpful information.
Check this factsheet for information on what the LAWA swim icons mean.
Please note that recreational bathing monitoring has finished for most councils, with the exception of Auckland who have recreational water quality results available year round. The overall bacterial risk grades are based on the previous 3-year summer bathing seasons (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17), and these will be updated using the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 data in time for the 2018/19 bathing season later this year.
LAWA is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of recreational water quality information for New Zealand.
Please note that water quality monitoring results are representative at the time of sampling. Water quality can change over time, especially during periods of significant rain or unexpected pollution events. This is why we recommend that you avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after heavy rain, even at sites that usually have good water quality . If you are unsure, please check with the relevant council or choose another site to swim. Water quality results from weekly monitoring are not intended to provide a guide on suitability for swimming outside the recreational bathing season.
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