Take your holiday to the next level by checking out the top five swimming holes in New Zealand, all of which cost nothing to visit.
Ringing in at number five is an adrenaline-packed ride on a section of the country’s longest river, the mightyWaikato. Grab an inner tube, boogie board, or polystyrene board, and start off on the lakeside of the Tongariro Street bridge. Head north out of Taupo and around the bend toCherry Islandinlet, then prepare for a fun-filled adventure that you’ll never forget.
Sitting pretty at number four is Owharoa Falls in the Karangahake Gorge. Nestled between Paeroa and Waihi, the Karangahake Gorge is also part of the Hauraki Rail Trail, so it’s possible to ride your bike to the spectacular Owharoa Falls. However, if you’re driving, turn right off State Highway 2 into Waitewhata Road and park your rental car near the sign to the Falls Retreat Bistro. From there, it’s a short walk through the bush to the falls and swimming hole.
At number three, we have a hidden gem that will not disappoint. Maraetotara Falls is around a 40-minute drive from Napier, situated between Havelock North and Waimarama. Take the plunge and dive off the falls into the cool pool below, or swing out into the clearing from the rope swing. The Maraetotara Historic Walk goes to the waterfall base. If you have time, continue the walk to discover the old Havelock North power station.
Sliding into second place is one of Gisborne's greatest secrets.The Rere Rockslide is a natural rock slide located approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Gisborne, and it has to be the coolest way to spend your day in summer. Be sure to bring your inner tubes and boogie boards.