Warning to stay out of all waterways for at least 48hrs after the rain has stopped

While Cyclone Gabrielle appears to be moving on, given the volume of rainfall Wellington has received over the past few days, all rivers and beaches are highly likely to be unsuitable for swimming or contact recreation due to contaminated stormwater discharges and general run-off. 

As there is further rainfall forecast for tonight, we are recommending staying out of the water until Sunday 19 February.   

Remember the golden rule - don't swim for 48hrs after heavy rain.