5 of NZ’s best hotel pools

On a warm day, there’s nothing like a refreshing dip in a pool—especially if that pool happens to be at an amazing hotel, and you’re on vacation…and you have an icy-cold beverage on stand-by.

Whether you’re a local looking for a staycation or you’re visiting from out of town, our list of the five best hotel pools in New Zealand is sure to inspire:

1. Paihia Beach Resort and Spa, Paihia

As far as elegant hotel pools go, this one is absolute heaven. The whole hotel sits right on the water of the beautiful Bay of Islands, and the large saltwater pool boasts incredible ocean views. Paihia Beach Resort and Spa also has five heated plunge pools, so you can take a quick dip in warmer waters if that takes your fancy. The hotel itself has a restaurant and day spa, too, so you can enjoy some fine dining and pampering after your swim.

What we love it: Did we mention each room contains a 6ft spa bath? Every part of this hotel has been designed to ensure your water-based experiences are sublime!

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2. Lakeside Apartments, Wanaka

Lakeside Apartments is a great option for families with children, as it offers a heated outdoor pool for the grown-ups and a shallower kids’ pool for the little ones. There are also two hot tubs, creating the perfect opportunity for parents to relax together. The hotel is located on Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, near Queenstown, and each apartment contains a jetted spa bath that anyone in the family can enjoy.

What we love it: This waterfront property has a lake view that changes throughout the day, as the light reflects off the water. Views and a killer pool? It’s a winner!

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3. Chateau On The Park – a Double Tree by Hilton, Christchurch

If you love a glass of wine (or two), the Chateau On The Park is the ideal hotel for you. Surrounded by a beautiful vineyard, it features an outdoor pool with views of the gardens and grapevines—offering the kind of scenery to make you feel as though you’re swimming in your own private oasis.

What we love it: This charming chateau in the country feels a million miles from everyday life. Plus, you get a free welcome cookie on arrival!

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4. The Reef Resort – Heritage Collection, Taupo

The Reef Resort is situated right on the shoreline of Lake Taupo, but even with such a beautiful lake close by, the freshwater swimming pool is so gorgeous you won’t want to get out. The water is heated, and the surrounding area has a distinctly Balinese vibe. And the outdoor setup is beautiful: whether you’re relaxing on the poolside lounge chairs or enjoying some dinner and drinks on the patio, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself.

What we love it: Apartments that boast floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, which open up to direct views of the water. You’re so close, you can almost taste it (although if you want a glass of water, you should probably use a tap 😜).

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5. Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa, Queenstown

For those who want to stay sun smart while they swim (or don’t want to stop swimming when the weather cools down), the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa’s gorgeous indoor pool has got you covered. A very spacious lap pool with a length of 25 metres, it has a hot tub as a companion. The Hilton Queenstown was awarded a place on the Conde Nast Hot List in 2012, and it sits right on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, so the views are incredible.

What we love it: The resort also has a day spa, sauna, and steam rooms, so you’re bound to feel like you’re living the life of luxury during your stay.

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