Find the best places to swim over the summer months for over 700 recreational sites throughout Aotearoa.
Recreational water quality monitoring runs from around November to March for most regions. Outside of the recreational bathing season (or when there are no recent results available), LAWA shows the overall summer bacterial risk grades based on three years of summer data. Please note that the weekly results and overall bacterial risk grades are not intended to provide a guide to swimming outside of the recreational bathing season.
Swim sites in the Auckland region are assessed using predictive modelling to determine suitability for swimming year-round. Swimmers can continue to use these 'real-time' results to decide where to swim 365 days of the year.
Select a site from the list below to find the water quality history, what facilities are available, and helpful information on recreational monitoring in New Zealand.
Our factsheet has detailed information on what the LAWA swim icons mean.
We hope to see you again next summer!
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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