Swimming in our Rivers & Ocean
Our science team monitors water quality at popular recreational water spots over summer so you can check their suitability for swimming.
This map is updated midweek with new data, every week from 1 November to 31 March, with the results for 36 monitored spots on coastal beaches, rivers and at Lake Tutira.
We use colour coded symbols to indicate suitability (see the legend on the map), with the green symbol indicating that a beach had good results this week. But conditions can change quickly, especially after rain, and you can also do your own water quality checks at beaches, so that you can stay healthy in the water.
Check out the video with Shane Gilmer from HBRC talking about the HBRC recreational water quality programme.
Recreational water quality monitoring is only during summer, between November and March. There are no updated results here until next summer 2017/2018.
Recreational Water Quality Map