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  • Why this status?

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    The science

    Water quality information

    LAWA shows the best available water quality information to help you to decide where to swim.  The  water quality of swimming sites in the Wellington region is determined by predictive models and water quality monitoring.

    Predicted risk status

    Current Enterococci status

    The predicted risk status is updated twice daily (6 am and 12 noon) so you can see the current water quality status for this site.


    Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we advise you not to swim for 2 – 3 days after heavy or prolonged rain – even at sites that generally have good water quality. Check that the water is clean and clear before taking a dip.

    Conditions may have changed

    There has been significant rain since this site was last sampled. This may have affected the water quality at this site.

    What do the icons mean?

    Suitable for swimming – The current prediction is that this site has a low health risk and is likely to meet national water quality guidelines for swimming.
    Caution advised – The current prediction is that this site has a low health risk, however the predicted risk is slightly elevated so there may be an increased risk of illness for young children and older people.
    Unsuitable for swimming – The current prediction is that this site has a high health risk and is unlikely to meet national water quality guidelines for swimming.
    Not available – Data temporarily unavailable.

    Summer season monitoring history

    The water quality monitoring results are shown in the graph(s) below.  Here you can see how often this site met swimming water quality guidelines at the time of sampling.  The latest monitoring result shown may differ from the predicted risk status displayed, this is because the predicted risk status takes into account other factors such as the amount of rain forecast to provide today's risk status.

    • Samples this season
    • Samples from last 3 years
    Enterococci sampling graph

    Overall bacterial risk information

    Long-term risk guide based on three years of data
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  • Patrolled

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    Patrolled Beach

    Surf Life Saving New Zealand is protecting our community in the water. Do your part and be prepared, watch out for yourself and others, be aware of the dangers and know your limits.


    Otaki Beach is a patrolled beach. Stay safe - swim between the flags

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  • What's at this site?

    Find out all recreational activities and facilities at this site

    Activities & facilities

    Site suitable for these activities and has these facilities

    Our lakes, rivers, and beaches are great natural playgrounds but they can be unpredictable.  Be aware of other potential risks such as rips, strong currents, sudden drop offs, or underwater objects before jumping in.  LAWA recommends that you avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after heavy rainfall and follow the advice of any warning signs in place.



    Dangerous in poor conditions and small rips and holes are common. 

    Wind/Kite Surfing
    Dog walking

    To find out when and where you can exercise your dog please refer to your local authority.

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    Changing facilities
    Picnic area
    Food and beverages nearby
    Playground nearby
    Car parking

How do I get there?

Otaki Beach