Swim Safe This Summer

Published: 21-Dec-2018

Once the hot weather finally arrives, we’ll be lucky to have a lot of great swimming options across Waimakariri. However before you take the plunge, you should check that it’s safe to swim.


While their are many great beaches in Waimakariri, we recommend you stick to those monitored by Surf Life Saving and swim between the flags.

Waikuku Beach will be patrolled every day of the week between 10am and 6pm until 1 February.

From Saturday 22 December, Woodend and Pegasus Beaches will also be patrolled between 10am and 6pm, 7 days a week.

For other beach activities, make sure you check out our beaches page.

Photo kindly supplied by Surf Life Saving NZ Southern Region

Aquatic Facilities

Waimakariri Aquatic Facilities are open every day over the holiday period apart from Christmas Day.  There are indoor pool complexes in Kaiapoi and Rangiora, and an outdoor pool in Oxford.  Over summer, the very popular Waikuku paddling pool is also open.

Check out the Aquatic Facilities page for more information and full holiday hours.


Several of our rivers are also popular for swimming, however it’s worth checking on water quality before heading out. In hot and dry weather, some rivers can be susceptible to elevated E. coli levels or the presence of toxic algae, which can present a health risk especially for small children and animals.

Environment Canterbury conduct weekly testing of the most popular swimming spots over summer and you can view the results and whether it’s safe to swim at https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/swimming/

Wherever you choose to swim, please make sure you are aware of the dangers and look out for yourself and others.  Pay close attention to children and obey all safety signs and warning flags.