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Find the best places to swim over the summer months.  Updated several times a day, LAWA shows the most comprehensive water quality information for around 700 recreational sites throughout Aotearoa.

Select a site from the list below to find water quality results, what facilities are available, and other helpful information.

Water quality

  • Check the water quality information for the site.  
  • Know how to spot potentially toxic algae, and how to avoid it.
  • Avoid swimming near sources of potential contamination such as flocks of birds, storm water or waste water outlets.

Clean and clear

  • Is the water clean and clear? 
  • Avoid swimming for at least 2 - 3 days after heavy or prolonged rain. 
  • If you can’t see your toes in calf deep water, it is best to wait until the water clears before taking a dip. 


  • Stay safe, and look out for potential hazards, such as strong currents, tidal rips, underwater objects, steep drop-offs, or stinging jellyfish at beaches.
  • Follow the advice in any warnings and alerts. 

 LAWA shows you the latest water quality results for around 700 monitored recreational sites throughout New Zealand over the summer months.  Current water quality results are representative at the time of sampling and can change over time, especially during periods of significant rain or unexpected pollution events.  If you are unsure, please check with the relevant council or choose another site to swim. These water quality results are not intended to provide a guide on suitability for swimming outside the recreational bathing season.

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