When it's cooking out there and you feel like an ice cream melting in the sun, there's no more satisfying feeling than escaping to one of the coolest corners of Auckland for a city swim. That's why we've scouted out these awesome local swim spots so that you can enjoy a sneaky dip in the early morning, at lunchtime or straight after work. If you have a spot you love, why not share it on Localist? And remember have fun in the water but do what you oughta!
Parnell Baths reviewed by Kylie B.
When it's sweltering outside and the only thing you want to do is dive into crystal-clear water, Parnell Baths is the place to be. This Auckland gem has been keeping Kiwis cool for years because there's not too many places in the inner-city that you can enjoy an outdoor swim in delicious saltwater. I also love the fact that once you are in the pool, you can bask in the beautiful views across Judges Bay. I'm a bit of fish so I never like to get out but in the height of summer, there's no better place to escape to and read a book than on one of the Parnell Baths' legendary loungers.
Mt Albert Aquatic Centre reviewed by Mark A.
What a great place! Awesome water slide! 3 small slides for the littlies too, as well as a water cannon to blast your mates with. Wave pool and a littlies pool to escape the waves and the water was not too cold and the family spa not too hot. Well done! We especially appreciated the family changing rooms with their own shower and the fact that there was a family spa that solo adults were not allowed in, as well as a grown up peaceful spa that kids weren't allowed in. Picnic benches with a counter to order coffees from the cafe were a bonus too.
Tepid Baths reviewed by Annie D.
They have a 25m lap pool for keeping fit as well as a 15m teaching pool for splashing around with family and friends. Located right in the middle of the city this is great for all the CBD dwellers!
Judges Bay reviewed by Kylie B.
One of Auckland City's secret (and very best) inner-city swim spots, Judges Bay is one of my favourite places to swim because it's got pool steps down into the water. After stripping down to your togs and then dipping your big toe in, you can walk like a lady into the water and transport yourself back to 1914 when the nearby salt water Parnell Baths were first built and when this little hidden gem of an inlet was at its most popular as a bathing spot. And if you're like me and love to have lots of fun in the water, there's also a wooden diving platform out in the bay that's perfect for doing bombs off. In the height of summer, the water in Judges Bay can sometimes become contaminated so it pays to check the Auckland Council website before taking a day out here in early January/February.
Cheltenham Beach reviewed by Anitra N.
I love Cheltenham because although it is so out in the open it never seems like there are ever many people there. Driving through Devonport to get there already sets the scene for a summertime getaway, the spot definitely has a summer vacay feel. The water here is so clear, it is so nice to swim in and it seems like Rangitoto Island is just a 2 minute swim away. So with an amazing view and tranquillity without having to drive too far away and go for a Bear Grylls type hike to get away from people, this place is the perfect place to find all that with little effort.