New Zealand’s greatest pools with a view

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.

Cape Kidnappers Hawke's Bay

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. 

Delamore Lodge

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. 

Aro Ha Wellness Retreat Queenstown

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. 

Huka Lodge

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. 

Kauri Cliffs - Matauri Bay

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.  

Riverside Lodge One pool Black Barn

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. 

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