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Wellington Region

The Wellington Region has a total area of 8,150 square kilometres, stretching the whole of the lower part of the North Island from Ōtaki in the west across to Owahanga in the east. 

The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) manages 12,300 kilometres of rivers and streams, 500 kilometres of coastline and 14 lakes throughout the region. Many of these waterbodies provide areas of significant recreational, ecological and economical value.

GWRC uses a daily swimming risk model, introduced in 2018, to predict more timely information about the suitability for swimming at popular swimming sites. The model combines information about recent and forecast weather, and the microbiological history of each site. Suitability for swimming at each site is updated hourly (from 6am until 7pm NZST), year round.

The Greater Wellington Region is home to a population of about 475,000 people. Over a third of the region is native forest or scrubland, and agriculture occupies approximately half of the land area, which is mainly sheep and beef farming. Dairying is undertaken in about 5 percent of the region, and forestry covers 8 percent.