Hurunui swimming sites take a break this summer

Two popular North Canterbury swimming spots will be unavailable this summer due to high flows filling in the swimming holes.

The two sites are at:

  • Hurunui River at Balmoral (near the campground along SH7)
  • Waiau River (just downstream of the SH1 bridge).

In the past, our staff have arranged the removal of silt and gravel from the swimming holes and dug channels to provide an inflow of water.

The continued high flows in both rivers have deposited a significant amount of gravel and silt which means the integrity of the holes would only last for a short time before more material fills the swimming hole again.

Hurunui Waiau zone delivery lead Marco Cataloni says a decision will be made next year on what future work may be undertaken at the swimming holes.

“We know the swimming holes have been popular for locals and campers but there are still plenty of good spots in North Canterbury to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

“We will reassess the situation in the New Year and determine what future work is appropriate,” he said.

Swimmers are also encouraged to check before heading to a local swim spot to make sure the water quality is safe and there is no potentially toxic cyanobacteria (algae) which can occur with warmer temperatures and low flows.

Where’s good to swim?

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