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New Zealand's top swimming spots named

A West Auckland waterfall has been named the top place in the country to take a quick dip.

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Karekare Falls in the Waitakere Ranges has been named as the best summer swimming hole, beating other popular spots such as Lake Taupo to the number one position.
AA Directions magazine editor Kath Webster says the beauty of swimming holes is their hidden nature, often tucked away up a trail or through the rocks.
"Included on our list are a few spots that came highly recommended by AA Members," Webster said in a statement.
Here’s the list of the nation’s favourite swimming holes in full:
Karekare Falls, Waitakere, Auckland
A 30-minute climb up the Taraire track will take you to the top of these picturesque falls.

Bulli Point, Lake Taupo
On the main road to Turangi, there are ledges of varying heights to leap into Lake Taupo from.

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua
A natural hot spring in a river between Rotorua and Taupo is a popular gem for swimming and relaxing.

Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri
Walk through native bush to get to these falls and swimming hole.

Mosquito Point, Whanganui
A sturdy rope swing helps you leap into this river near Whanganui.

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Marlborough
Jump into beautiful aquamarine water all along the river bank.

Cleopatra's Pool, Abel Tasman National Park
Surrounded by smooth rock, this swimming pool comes complete with a natural waterslide.

Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes, South Island
Leap from the long jetty into this chilly lake on a hot summer’s day.

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