Swimming In Tauranga

Awesome places to swim, swimming holes & More

Greatest places to go Swimming In Tauranga

In Tauranga, you are never far from the water. Whether it’s a beach or a river, there are plenty of places to swim throughout Tauranga. Here we will list some of the more popular swimming spots as well as some of the lesser known or uncommon spots that are certainly worth a dip in.

So many swimming spots, not so many swimming pools or Bay Venues! No local Tauranga pools here. Check out all the awesome places to go swimming in Tauranga for free during the hot summer months!

If you wish to avoid swimming in places like the beach, check out many of the freshwater swimming places.

Remember to always be safe, know how to swim before you jump in. If at the beach, swim between the flags.


Swimming at McLaren Falls

Not only is McLaren Falls Park a wonderful out of town adventure, but a place of wonder and excitement with these fantastic walking tracks.

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Pori Pori

Pori Pori is a fresh swimming hole located about 10 minutes out of Tauranga. A wonderful spot to swim during the summer months.

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Pilot Bay

Pilot Bay is a habourside beach a few blocks over from Mount Maunganui Beach. Pilot Bay is a calm, beach great for picnics and kids.

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Mount Maunganui Beach

Mount Maunganui Beach has been voted New Zealand’s best. A wonderful beach for swimming, surfing and relaxing.

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Papamoa Beach

Papamoa Beach has long been a holiday destination. One of the main attractions is the Papamoa beach itself. Great for swimming and surfing.

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Kaiate Falls

At the bottom of these cascading falls is a swimming hole. An awesome place to take a dip in during the hot summer months.

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The Strand in the CBD

Swimming at The Strand is now better than ever. After having installed a bombing platform and tidal stairs to get your feet wet, it’s a wonderful place for a swim along the waterfront.

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Kopurererua River

Kopurererua river can be accessed from multiple areas. A river that is often swam in by locals who are looking for a quick dip on a hot day.

Discover more about Koprererua here.

Omanu Beach

Omanu beach sits in between Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. Has a surf life saving club allowing swimmers to safely swim between the flags.

Omanu Beach, learn more here.

Aongatete Swimming Hole

A half hour drive from Tauranga plus a 40 minute walk through the bush leads you to this swimming hole. It sits in the Kaimai’s accessed by a track out Aongatete.

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