The New Zealand Herald reports: A just-launched index has revealed New Zealand’s best and worst swimming spots – with some popular sites listed as no-go zones among almost 700 rivers, lakes, and beaches.
The updated LAWA (Land, Air, Water Aotearoa) website now features an online tool that lets people check on their local spots before they head for a dip.
The project is a partnership between 16 regional councils, the Ministry for the Environment and the Cawthron Institute.
Among around 40 spots currently listed as “unsuitable for swimming” was the pools at the top of Gisborne’s famous Rere Rockslide and 10 beach sites in Auckland.
“With the information on ‘Can I swim here?’ people can swim in our great outdoors with confidence this summer.”
Some councils also provided point-of-entry signs at popular sites, and swimmers should take notice and follow their instructions… more…