Originally published on Lonely Planet.
The pleasure of swimming in wild settings could be one of the most human exercises we can undertake. New Zealand then, is a country offering ultimate outdoor therapy. As well as boasting glorious beaches, New Zealand is a patchwork of rivers, waterholes and lakes that are perfect to take a dip or dive in.
We’ve picked eight of the Land of the Long White Cloud’s best wild swimming spots for you to take the plunge in.