Auckland's best outdoor swimming spotsby Alice Harbourne
Māori Bay near Muriwai is secluded and great for surfing - not that I could surf there - but it’s a cool place to go and relax and watch the pros. West coast black sand makes for a scenic change from the pool.
Minnehaha Beach (aka Thorne Bay) is a nicely secluded spot close to Takapuna. There aren't many waves but it feels quite private and has a few rocks to break up the coast line. Obviously there's a fantastic view to Rangitoto as most of the east coast bays are afforded with. You can swim there from Takapuna if you’re feeling ambitious!
I love Tawharanui. It’s a bit of a stretch to call it Auckland region but it makes a great day trip from the city if you have a free day. It’s in a regional park so feels untouched; I once found a real sea sponge there - you can see a lot of marine life. The waves are great for body surfing.
As for amazing swimming pools, I've been lucky to see a fair few. For cool-pools-on-a-bucket-list I'd say the inspiring skyline views from the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
In Auckland, sometimes I do my Sunday swim at Parnell Baths because I like swimming in sea water, and the stunning location.
A look at the Norton Core secure router, and five tips for home network security.Read more
Labour MP Meka Whaitiri has been stripped of her ministerial portfolios but remains an MP.Read more
You can throw money at the system all you want, but until our youth mental health services are designed to put rangatahi at the centre, they'll fail.Read more
Mint Cakery gets bigger and better, moving from Pt Chev to a sunny space in Ellerslie.Read more
Bryson DeChambeau has put himself in the top spot for the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake with a single-minded drive to simplify the game.Read more
Housing NZ has committed to compensating hundreds of tenants it evicted from state homes based on bogus meth testing, some of whom were made homeless.Read more