New Zealand's Top 10 Summer Swimming Holes

Pics 19/10/2015

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?

Check out AA Directions 10 favourite summer swimming holes above!

The top 10 summer swimming holes list features in the latest issue of AA Directions and adds to the overall theme of celebrating New Zealander’s love of water. The magazine is currently being delivered to around 580,000 letterboxes of AA Members throughout New Zealand.

“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,” says AA Directions Editor Kath Webster.

“Included on our list are a few spots that came highly recommended by AA Members,” she adds.

Here is AA Directions’ top 10 swimming holes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Several great swimming spots are dotted along this river bank.

Complete with a natural waterslide.

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