The Taitā Rock swimming hole in Lower Hutt, with lush green bush surrounding a blue river and large pebbles on the shore.

Dubbed the city’s best-kept swimming secret, this natural pool is just a 10-minute drive from central Lower Hutt and 25 minutes from the capital.

Ropes attached to the prominent rock on the riverbank help people climb down into the pool, which is part of . Children enjoy jumping from two overhangs, or diving platforms.

During the hot months, toxic algae can be present in the river.

The surrounding areas are popular with dog walkers. The pool is publicly accessible off High Street on the Hutt River Trail.

Location details

Jurisdiction Lower Hutt City Council
Permits required Yes, apply for a permit
Location descriptors Cliffs, rock formations, rivers, river walks, swimming spots, unusual landforms, peculiar landmarks.