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Sky-High Views And Island Seclusion: The Best Of Auckland’s Hotel Swimming Pools

Despite being a city enclosed by an alluring harbour, Auckland is simply swimming with other places and spaces to cool off if the ocean doesn’t quite cut it. What’s more is that checking the ever-changing tide charts isn’t necessary.

From urban rooftop pools that suspend over the cityscape to an island infinity pool overlooking yachts moored in surrounding bays, these hotel swimming pools encompass the natural beauty and dazzling energy that the city is so loved and known for. These Auckland hotel pools don’t leave guests feeling compromised on experiencing the true essence of the city. In fact, they enhance it.


Image: Cordis / supplied

The rooftop swimming pool is a favourite among guests of this five-star hotel in central Auckland – year-round. Follow the sweet smells of frangipani and vanilla to Chuan Spa, a haven offering memorable beauty treatments.

It’s also the gateway to the hotel’s heated outdoor pool. Framed with sun umbrellas, leafy greenery and snippets of city skyline is the 27-degree lap pool, with a jacuzzi, sauna and herbal steam room also available to guests.

The Cordis Hotel rooftop is the spot to be during the summer months – preferably with a drink in hand – as poolside service includes snacks and refreshments. But the water’s tepid temperatures mean you can enjoy a dip no matter the season and even swim under the stars once darkness sets in across the city.


Image: SO/Auckland / supplied

Auckland’s horizon is forever changing with the construction of new hotels and SO/Auckland is one of the city’s newest additions. The luxurious and modern hotel in the downtown Britomart precinct is packed with personality and teeming with features worthy of a stay, like the rooftop bar and an impressive penthouse suite. Oh, and the 20-metre heated and beautifully tiled lap pool.

Located in the heart of the wellness centre and separated from the hotel gym, spa, sauna and jacuzzi by floor-to-ceiling glass walls, guests can transition effortlessly between exercise and relaxation. Bliss.

Hilton Auckland

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Ssshhh. There’s a secret about this hotel unbeknown to many: it’s complete with a glass-edged swimming pool suspended from the fourth-floor and overlooking expansive harbour views. The glass cube visible from the outside of Hilton Auckland is often overlooked by passers-by –– until a swimmer submerges from the depths of the water and makes you do a double take! Even guests aren’t always aware of the unique pool experience available to them.

The famous hotel chain embraces the City of Sails with sundecks, private balconies and walls of windows for uninterrupted water views with its design that extends 300-metres out onto the waterfront. Packing your swimsuit is necessary for a stay here because the pool offers more mesmerising vistas from the unique perspective of beneath the water’s surface.

Emerald Inn

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It’s been described as Takapuna’s best-kept secret because at first glance visitors – and even locals – are surprised to learn that there’s a hidden tropical oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of a thriving metropolitan. Drive over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore and enter the gates of Emerald Inn where you’ll discover this is a hotel with a difference.

Home to boutique self-contained villas and complete with a pool nestled amongst lush native ferns, palms and towering kauri and kowhai trees, it’s easy to forget you’re bang smack in the middle of the city.

Plunge into the refreshing emerald water, which has undoubtedly inspired the hotel’s name, or relax in the poolside courtyard. You’ll feel like you’re far from the stresses of city life despite being right amongst it. This spot truly offers the best of both worlds: the peace and serenity of being somewhere secluded yet it’s only a stone’s throw from popular Auckland beaches and the city.

Delamore Lodge

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Waiheke’s beautiful beaches and fruitful vineyards are just some of the many drawcards that have people flocking to the island from near and far. A resort-style hotel nestled on the edge of a plunging cliff face offers uninterrupted views of these breath-taking and tranquil surrounds from an ultra-special vantage point: an infinity pool.

Delamore Lodge is inspired by the Mediterranean (yes, there is an on-site wine cellar stocking world-class bottles of vino) but the accommodation also has a distinct New Zealand twist, featuring indigenous craft and artwork and built in the shape of a Maori fish hook. Guests can hop between the soothing waters of the infinity pool and the jacuzzi, before detoxing the steam sauna.

A 35-minute ferry ride or five-minute helicopter flight from downtown Auckland will transport you to the island haven in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf where you won’t feel the slightest bit guilty to sit back and relax as the spectacular views come to you.

(Lead image: Hilton Auckland / supplied)

Published 20 November, 2019