10 top swimming holes in New Zealand

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It’s a Kiwi summer tradition – grabbing your towel and togs and heading to wherever you can dip, dive and drop into some water, but where are the best places to go?

Ten of the country’s favourite summer swimming holes have been named by the editorial team at AA Directions to help inspire Kiwis to make the most of summer.

“What we love about swimming holes is that they’re not always easy to find, so stumbling across one is like finding a hidden gem.” – AA Directions Editor Kath Webster.

The top 10 swimming holes

Karekare Falls, Waitakere, Auckland

Get to this spot with a 30-minute climb up the Taraire track to the top of the falls.

Bulli Point, Lake Taupo

Located on the main road to Turangi, there are ledges of varying heights to leap into the lake from.

Blue Spring, Putaruru, Waikato

Te Waihau walkway follows a river with calm, clear pools great for swimming.

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua

This natural hot spring in a river between Rotorua and Taupo is a popular gem.

Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri

An easy walk through native bush leads to these falls and swimming hole.

Mermaid Pool, Matapouri, Northland

Around the rocks from the beach, this rock pool is easiest to access at low tide.

Mosquito Point, Whanganui

What makes this spot special is a sturdy rope swing to leap into the river from.

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Marlborough

Several great swimming spots are dotted along this river bank.

Cleopatra’s Pool, Abel Tasman National Park

Complete with a natural waterslide.

Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes, South Island

Leaping off the long wooden jetty into this cold lake is the best way to get in!

Source: AA Directions magazine, October 2015. The magazine is distributed to 580,000 AA Members throughout New Zealand.

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