A swimming hole in West Auckland has topped a list of favourite places to take a dip in New Zealand.

Karekare Falls in Waitakere was named by AA Directions magazine as the best summer swimming hole.

"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," says AA Directions Editor Kath Webster.

"Included on our list are a few spots that came highly recommended by AA Members," Webster said.

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Top swimming holes:

• Karekare Falls, Waitakere, Auckland
Get to this spot with a 30-minute climb up the Taraire track to the top of the falls.

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


• Kerosene Creek, Rotorua
This natural hot spring in a river between Rotorua and Taupo is a popular gem.

• Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri
An easy walk through native bush leads to these falls and swimming hole.


• Mosquito Point, Whanganui
What makes this spot special is a sturdy rope swing to leap into the river from.

• Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Marlborough
Several great swimming spots are dotted along this river bank.

• Cleopatra's Pool, Abel Tasman National Park
Complete with a natural waterslide.

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• Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes, South Island
Leaping off the long wooden jetty into this cold lake is the best way to get in!

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