Can I swim?

How do I find out if it is safe to swim at my favourite swimming spot?

Summer swimming season (Nov-Mar)

The health status of sites monitored by the Taranaki Regional Council is determined by the District Councils according to national guidelines and the results of our monitoring.

You can check the New Plymouth District Council, Stratford District Council or South Taranaki District Council websites at the links below for more detail on recreational water quality in your area.

New Plymouth District Council link)

Stratford District Council link)

South Taranaki District Council link)

All year

The overall recreational risk for selected sites is available on the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website(external link). It gives a general guide to water quality and is updated annually, based on data from the latest three years.

Don't swim after rain
Water quality in our rivers and at our beaches is generally pretty good over summer, except in poor weather conditions. Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we strongly advise you not to swim for at least three days after heavy or prolonged rainfall – even if a site generally has good water quality.