Popular Auckland beaches too polluted to swim in

Many Auckland beaches are too polluted for swimmers after days of heavy rain.

Safeswim said the dirty beaches, which include all of Herne Bay, Mission Bay and Takapuna north, carry a high risk of illness because of storm water overflow.

Auckland Council says it's a recurring issue thanks to historical underinvestment in infrastructure.

Dirk Hudig from the Herne Bay Residents' Association isn't surprised his neighbourhood is affected.

"It's an on-going problem, every time it rains the sewage overflows. It happens about 60 times a year," he told Newshub.

Mr Hudig says the council should have done something about the situation before it got to this point.

"It's a very frustrating situation and should have been dealt to by the council many years ago.

"I think there will be many disappointed people with the good weather coming."

He's concerned about the signage in the area too, as there isn't much to go off.

"There's no signage at the beaches, so the only way you can find out is by looking at the Safeswim programme.

"I would imagine if you went down there you would find people swimming."