Check before you swim, fish and play

As temperatures rise, many community members are drawn to the beaches, lakes, and rivers in and around Waitaha Canterbury. However, not every waterway is suitable for swimming, fishing, or recreational activities. It’s crucial to ensure the safety of you, your whānau, and your furry friends by checking the water conditions before planning a visit.

It’s important to note that not all unsafe waterways are clearly marked with signs.

For the most current and comprehensive information, the Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website ( is the go-to source. This website provides up-to-date information for waterways across the entire country, helping to prevent potential health issues and ensuring you and your loved ones avoid hazardous waters.

Stay informed and enjoy your time by the water responsibly!