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Lake Rotomanu

Lake Rotomanu is a popular recreational spot for boating, water and jet-skiing, kayaking, and picnicking activities. The lake, which is close to the coast, is replenished from time to time by inflow from the nearby Waiwhakaiho River. 

For all sites, the Council advises:
Avoid for three days after heavy rain, if the river is high, or if you cannot see the bottom clearly.

Recreational bathing surveys over the last two summers showed that 77% (2018-2019) and 84% (2019-2020) of samples met the freshwater microbiological water quality guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MfE, 2003) and did not exceed the ‘Action’ level (>550 E.coli cfu/100mls).

The State of the Environment technical report showing the freshwater recreational monitoring results is available at



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