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Swimming Water Quality

The map below provides a summary of monitoring results from more than 80 popular coastal, river and lake recreation sites around the Bay of Plenty.  Sites are monitored for faecal contamination (bacterial monitoring) from October to March each year and for toxin-forming algae species (algal bloom monitoring) from October to June each year. Click on the area of interest for more detailed information.

You should avoid swimming in rivers for 48 hours (two days) after heavy or prolonged rain. This is because the water can be contaminated by farm and urban run-off.

If you suspect an algal bloom is present, don't swim or take part in an activity that may result in accidental consumption or exposure to water affected by algal blooms. 

Warnings

Location

Period*

Public Health Advice

Reason

Lake Rotoehu, Otautu Bay

Temporary

Avoid recreational water contact

Algal Bloom

Lake Okaro

Temporary

Avoid recreational water contact

Algal Bloom

Lower Ngongotahā Stream

Temporary 

Avoid recreational water contact 

Elevated levels of faecal contamination

Kaiate Falls Temporary Avoid recreational water contact Elevated levels of faecal contamination

2 Mile Creek, Waihi Beach

Long term Avoid recreational water contact Elevated levels of faecal contamination
3 Mile Creek, Waihi Beach

Long term

Avoid recreational water contact Elevated levels of faecal contamination
Lower Waimapu Stream, Greerton (includes stream adjacent to Marist Rugby fields, Maleme Street drain) Long term Avoid recreational water contact Elevated levels of faecal contamination
Courtney drain, Fraser Cove Long term Avoid recreational water contact Elevated levels of faecal contamination

Utuhina Stream - temporary, current

Temporary Avoid recreational water contact Elevated levels of faecal contamination

* See map for date of last sample

     

 

For warnings on shellfish areas and other waterways, please go to the Toi Te Ora - Public Health website.

Lake Rotoehu at Otautu Bay Boat RampLake Rotoehu at Kennedy BayWhakatane River at Peketahi BridgeRangitaiki at MuruparaWairoa River at SH 29Hamurana at Hamurana RdPapamoa Beach at Harrison's CutTauranga Harbour at Bowentown Boat RampRangitāiki at Matahina DamKaituna at Te MataiWaiari at Te Puke HighwayKopurererua at McCord AveHaparapara at SH35Outlet at Waitangi Soda SpringsWhakatane at RuatokiRangitaiki at Te Teko Pongakawa at SH2 Tarawera Beach at Tarawera River MouthKereu at SH35Whanarua at Whanarua BayTe Kaha at Maraetai BayHikuwai Beach End of Snell RoadWaiotahe Beach at Surf ClubWaiotahe at EstuaryOhiwa Harbour at Reserve Boat RampOhope Beach at Anne St Ohope Beach at Surf Club Whakatane Heads Piripai at Ohuirehe RdPukehina at Surf ClubWaihi Estuary at Main ChannelMaketu Surf ClubTauranga Harbour at Waimapu BridgeTauranga Harbour at Tilby PointTauranga Harbour at Omokoroa DomainTauranga Harbour at Pahoia Beach RdPilot Bay opposite Pacific AveMt Maunganui at Surf Club Waihi Beach at Surf ClubTauranga Harbour at Anzac Bay Tauranga Harbour at Tanners Point Beach Tauranga Harbour at Ongare PointTauranga Harbour at Maungatapu BridgeLake Rotoma at WhangaroaLake Rotoiti at HinehopuLake Rotoiti at Gisborne PointLake Rotoiti at Okawa BayLake Okareka at Steep St ReserveLake Tikitapu at BeachLake Rotorua at Holdens BayLake Rotorua at NgongotahaLake Rotorua at HamuranaLake Tarawera at Rangiuru BayLake Okaro at Boat RampLake Rerewhakaaitu at Homestead ArmOtara River  at SH35 Waioweka at Mouth of GorgeWaioeka at SH2 Tauranga at Wardlaw GladeWhakatane at Landing Road Rangitaiki at Boat RampTarawera at Kawerau BridgePuarenga at WhakarewarewaNgongotaha at Railway BridgeWaiteti at SH36Utuhina at Pukehangi RdUtuhina at Lake RdOhau Channel at SH33 Wairoa at SH2Uretara at Henry Rd FordWairoa below McLaren FallsTuapiro at McMillan RdKaiate at Kaiate Falls RdTauranga Harbour at Te Puna Waitui ReserveWaihi Beach at 3 Mile Creek
Bathing Beach Map Tauranga Rotorua Whakatane East Cape Rangitaiki

The Three Tier System for Swimming Water Quality

Green DotGreen

Highly likely to be uncontaminated. 'Suitable' for bathing, but requiring water managers to continue surveillance or routine monitoring.

Amber DotAmber

Potentially contaminated. 'Potentially unsuitable', requiring water managers to undertake further investigation to assess suitability for recreation.

Red DotRed

Highly likely to be contaminated. 'Highly likely to be unsuitable', requiring urgent action from water managers, such as public warnings.

Further information

  • For further information on microbiological water quality monitoring, visit our monitoring information page.
  • For further information on toxin-forming algae species visit our algae page.
  • For more information on the health impacts and symptoms from accidentally coming into contact with contaminated water, please go to the Toi Te Ora - Public Health website.
  • Visit the Rotorua Lakes Lake Health Warnings page for information on algal blooms in our lakes and our Rivers Health Warnings page for information on algal blooms in our rivers, or contact us on 0800 884 880.
  • For seasonal indicator bacteria data go to Lawa website