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Auckland’s Best Secret Swimming Spots

By Olivia Atkinson
22nd Dec 2015

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When the beaches are teaming with butt naked three-year-olds, bikini clad tweens, and aggressive paddle boarders, one has no choice but to venture elsewhere for an afternoon dip.

Luckily, Auckland has a few secluded swimming spots dotted across the city and beyond. They’re free from the masses, and are exactly where you want to be on a hot summer’s day. 


Kauri is critically important to New Zealand’s ecosystem and it is increasingly vulnerable. Kauri dieback has become a serious issue that we need to be educating ourselves on and here at The Urban List we encourage all our readers to confirm that the walks you’re doing aren’t going to do any damage to our beautiful environment. With certain tracks closed we will try our hardest to stay up to date and hope you will do the same—it’s important that we come together to help protect our sacred New Zealand kauri forest. In particular, it is important to note that the Waitakere Ranges have a rahui (exlusion zone) across the entire park and we recommend that this is respected and you do not visit them. We have removed all references to waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges from this list. Click here to find out about kauri dieback and about how you can help and do your part! 

Kaitarakihi Bay

North Manukau Harbour

Hidden between Cornwallis and Huia is an absolute gem, away from madness of beaches closer to the city. Kaitarakihi Bay isn’t particularly tidal, so you’ll be treated to great swimming all summer long, and the grassy reserve is perfect for picnics. Pick up some fish ‘n’ chips from Huia Beach Store & Café along the way, or stop by for a post-beach ice cream. Just make sure you’re out by 9pm when the gate to Kaitarakihi Bay closes.

Old Cement Works  


If your idea of swimming is water holes and doing bombs, then Warkworth’s Old Cement Works are for you. Hoon down a dirt track, go for a short wander, and you’ll find an impressive fresh water hole amongst the ruins. You’ll want to bring your inflatable donut to this spot.

Minnehaha Beach a.k.a Thorne Bay


Love Takapuna Beach but don’t dig the crowds? We’ve found a place that will let you get your swimming fix, without having to share a sweaty towel with a stranger afterwards. Minnehaha is a gorgeous beach tucked between Takapuna and Milford with sprawling views of Rangitoto and the Hauraki Gulf. You can get there by either a coastal walkway, or across the rocks, and once you arrive, you’ll be treated to a little pocket of paradise.

Looking to get in on more secrets? Check out 10 Secrets Spots In Auckland You Must Visit

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