When you think of pools in New Zealand it’s easy for your mind to go straight to the thought of hot springs. New Zealand is renowned for being home to some pretty impressive hot pools that offer views of rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides or stunning lakes.
However when it comes to summer time, no one really wants to be swimming in a steaming hot spring. So instead – and to help you pick your perfect New Zealand accommodation – we’ve rounded up some of the greatest outdoor pools that come with spectacular views of their own. A perfect way to keep cool this summer.
Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay
Set amongst 6,000 rolling acres of green pastureland, dive into Cape Kidnappers’ 50ft heated infinity pool. Take in 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and chill out under the shady poolside cabana.
Delamore Lodge, Waikeke Island
Famed for its wineries and white sand beaches, Waiheke Island is also famous for the pool at Delamore Lodge. The resort’s luxury outdoor swimming pool offers one of the best views in the world across the Hauraki Gulf and has received international acclaim.
Eagles Nest, Russel Bay of Islands
Awarded an accolade for one of the World’s 10 Best Cliff-Edge Pools, Rahimoana Villa at Eagles Nest offers a 25-metre horizon-edge pool. From its hill-top perch, guests can absorb 320-degree views of the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Aro Ha, Southern Alps
Surrounded by the towering Southern Alps and overlooking Lake Wakatipu, wellness retreat Aro Ha offers breath-taking views from its sub-alpine terrace. The retreat features an icy plunge pool as well as an outdoor hot tub, both filled with water from the onsite spring.
Huka Lodge, Taupo
Huka Lodge’s Owner’s Cottage boasts a spectacular cantilevered infinity pool, which overlooks the deep turquoise waters of the Waikato River. Initially opened as a fishing camp in the 1020s, guests can even enjoy fly-fishing straight from their bedroom.
Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay
Kauri Cliffs’ main lodge overlooks the Cavalli Islands, one of the top dive sites in the North Island, Guests can enjoy the luxury lodge’s three private beaches and a stunning infinity pool.
Riverside Lodge One, Black Barn Vineyards
Riverside LodgeOne is just one of Black Barn Vineyards’ 17 unique properties. Perched above the water, the lodge’s pool overlooks the eastern side of the Tukituki River and comes complete with its own pavilion.
Split Apple Retreat, Abel Tasman
Split Apple Retreat is built high into a cliff face on the ocean’s edge, looking out onto Tasman Bay. The saltwater infinity pool overlooks the rugged shores of the Tasman Sea.The nearby Abel Tasman National Park is home to some of New Zealand’s top secluded beaches, offering further enviable views.