A classic favourite for kids and teens, Salisbury Wharf in Pilot Bay is sheltered, calm and well-loved as a jumping platform.
Little ones can splash and paddle in calm water in Pilot Bay, while the big kids can jump off the wharf to their heart's content.
After a swim, chomp on tasty fish'n'chips and wave goodbye to cruise ships.
For a taste of the real New Zealand, Newdicks is the place to visit.
Kids can paddle in a gentle stream flowing towards the surf while swimmers and surfers will appreciate the impressive waves.
The $3 fee to enter private land and the dusty trip down Newdicks Beach Road in Maketu is worth it.
If ever there was an indication of a beloved swimming hole it's that, despite health warnings about E.coli contaminated water, people continue to swim and frolic in Kaiate Falls.
Overlooking the less-than-savoury water conditions, the falls is an idyllic place to swim, picnic and cool down.
Tucked away in lush bush, two sets of falls wow first-time visitors and regulars alike. Its shade and refreshing water make it a popular place on scorcher days. A half-hour journey from central Tauranga, in the hills of Welcome Bay, the falls are reached by a short but steep descent down well-maintained steps.
McLaren Falls is another treasured swimming hole.
People soaking and cooling off in the pools above the falls by the main bridge is a familiar sight in summer.
Its location in the Kaimai Ranges provides beautiful scenery and serene surroundings.
Tramping, camping and fishing is also popular in the area.
Nevermind the off-putting name - Shark Alley is the complete package for any swimming experience.
Escape from the hordes of beach-goers at the Mount main beach? Check. Softer, family-friendly waves ideal for learner surfers and boogie-boarders? Check. Flat and sandy shore to dry off in the sun? Check. It is located on the other side of Leisure Island from Main Beach.
Omokoroa sits a mere 20-minute drive out of Tauranga, well away from the hustle of the city.
Safe swimming conditions make it family-friendly and the jetty is a perfect spot to drop a fishing line.
No beach trip is complete without ice cream and the nearby dairy has any sweet tooth covered.