Nelson makes AA’s top 10 swimming holes


In their latest publication of AA Directions, AA named the top 10 swimming holes in New Zealand, three of which are in and around Nelson.

The list included the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Cleopatra’s Pool in the Abel Tasman National Park and Lake Rotoiti.

AA Directions Editor Kath Webster says, “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.”

The list is just one of the many elements in the latest AA Directions that celebrate Kiwis’ love for the water.

Kath says spending summer with water comes naturally to most New Zealanders.

“If it’s not camping at the beach, it’s fishing, surfing, or sailing and, in the height of summer, finding somewhere cool to swim,” she says.

Kath adds that several of the spots were recommended by AA Members.


Here is AA Directions’ top 10 swimming holes:

Karekare Falls, Waitakere, Auckland

Bulli Point, Lake Taupo

Blue Spring, Putaruru, Waikato

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua

Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri

Mermaid Pool, Matapouri, Northland

Mosquito Point, Whanganui

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Marlborough

Cleopatra’s Pool, Abel Tasman National Park

Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes, South Island