Beautiful Places to Swim in New Zealand

Famed for its stunning scenery, there are many beautiful places in New Zealand where you can take a swim. The country has 8,700 miles of coastline and countless lakes and rivers. This article explores some of the more spectacular must-swim locations.

Ohope Beach, North Island

Situated in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, the secluded Ohope Beach is often bathed in sunshine and has clean, warm waters in which to swim. This popular beach is only accessible by foot or kayak and boasts almost 7 miles of beautiful white sand.

4506262890_4c6af7afc3_bKerosene Creek, North Island

The amazing Kerosene Creek is in the Rotorua Region of central North Island. It’s a hot spa with a waterfall, surrounded by native bushland. Two naturally formed pools heated by an old lava flow provide a great setting for a thermal swim.

Charlie’s Rock Waterfall, North Island

A popular local swimming spot, the pretty Charlie’s Rock Waterfall near Kerikeri is about 3.5 hours’ drive from Auckland. It’s accessible via a track from the town. The waterfall is fed from surrounding cliffs, which creates a pleasantly warm layer of water in the pool during summer months.

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, South Island

Found in the Marlborough area, the Pelorus River has pure, beautifully clear water in which to swim. The site is well-known for its many natural swimming spots and became even more famous when it was used as a film location in the movie, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

Cleopatra’s Pool, South Island

Sited in the Abel Tasman National Park, the gorgeous Cleopatra’s Pool is an idyllic place for a swim. Characterized by its smoothly worn rocks, natural waterslide and wonderfully clear water, this is a place not be missed. As well as swimming, the area is perfect for a picnic.

The Arrow River, South Island

The scenic Arrow River in Queenstown is popular among walkers and anglers, and there are some great swimming holes dotted along its course. Clear water and an attractive location make this a popular place for summer swimming.

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