Taranaki has many popular swimming spots and surf beaches which are used extensively. Twenty-six sites are monitored regularly by Taranaki Regional Council during the summer (November to April). This includes ten popular surf beaches, three lake sites and thirteen river sites. These sites are generally safe for swimming.
However, for all sites the Council recommends:
Avoid swimming for three days after heavy rain, if the river is high, or if you cannot see the bottom clearly.