It is recommended recreational users allow the water to clear before using the beach again after periods of heavy rainfall.
The Takaka River at Paines Ford is a 5 minute drive southeast of Takaka on SH60. There are two main swimming holes upstream of SH60 and one downstream. Top Rocks is another popular swimming hole about 400m downstream of SH60 (accessed of Dodson Road).
During the peak Christmas-January period the swimming holes in this section of river has about 200 and 500 visitors a day.
The main recreational use is swimming and jumping off rocks into the water.
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