Marl­bor­ough swim­ming spots in top 10

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Two Marl­bor­ough swim­ming spots have been voted the best in the coun­try by AA mem­bers.

A swim­ming hole at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Re­serve, near Have­lock, and Lake Ro­toiti, 90km south of Nel­son, have been named in the top 10 in New Zealand in a re­cent AA sur­vey.

Nel­son Lakes Vis­i­tor Cen­tre su­per­vi­sor Gabriella Czoma says Lake Ro­toiti is a pop­u­lar place for peo­ple to make a splash.

‘‘The lake is huge and gets very busy over sum­mer. It’s the main at­trac­tion in the area,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s mainly lo­cals that swim there be­cause it’s cold. Even over the sum­mer it doesn’t re­ally warm up much. It’s a beau­ti­ful lake, but very cold.’’

But Pelorus Bridge and Lake Ro­toiti are not the only prime swim­ming spots in Marl­bor­ough.

Red­wood­town res­i­dent Dee Black says her favourite spots to cool off over sum­mer are not on the list.

‘‘My favourite spots are Pink Ele­phant, Wairau River and Whites Bay,’’ she says.

‘‘There are spots on Pink Ele­phant where you can jump off rocks.


Whites Bay is my favourite be­cause I al­ways went there with my fam­ily. There’s plenty of space to swim and play sport.’’

AA Di­rec­tions editor Kath Web­ster says good swim­ming spots formed a big part of the ‘‘Kiwi sum­mer ex­pe­ri­ence’’.

‘‘If it’s not camp­ing at the beach, it’s fish­ing, surf­ing, or sail­ing and, in the height of sum­mer, find­ing some­where cool to swim.’’

What we love about swim­ming holes is that they’re not al­ways

Bud­get ad­vice:

Marl­bor­ough Fam­ily Bud­get­ing, phone 578 2006.

Free 24-hour health ad­vice, phone 0800 611 116.

Marl­bor­ough af­ter hours GP Ser­vices atWairau Hospi­tal cam­pus, no ap­point­ment needed, 6pm till 10pm week­days/pub­lic hol­i­days, 8am till 10pm week­ends. Phone 520 9980 for the af­ter-hours GP. Other times, call your GP. Vis­i­tors phone 520 6200 for the duty prac­tice. In an emer­gency go toWairau Hospi­tal or call 111.


Af­ter-hours doc­tors: Wairau Hospi­tal Com­mu­nity Ser­vices/Dis­trict Nurses:

520 9927.



Ur­gent 111. Non-ur­gent, easy to find, so stum­bling across one is like find­ing a hid­den gem,’’ she says.

Pelorus Bridge is rated 8th on the list with Lake Ro­toiti sit­ting in 10th place.

phone 579 4870.

Am­cal Spring­lands, 9am till 6pm, seven days, 578 2271.


Den­tist– emer­gency treat­ment only:

PhoneWairau Hospi­tal for de­tails of the emer­gency den­tist 520 9980.

9am till noon, Satur­day. A/H 578 0470. 0800 543 354, 24 hours.

Rose, 577 7651 or Harvey, 578 8125.

Phone 572 9156.

Red­wood­town doc­tors:

Life­line: Al­co­holics Anony­mous:

SPCA: Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau:

578 4272.


Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port:

Emer­gency Man­age­ment Cen­tre, phone Gary on 03 520 7490.

Blen­heim, Phone

Dog ranger:

520 7400.

Noise Con­trol:

Phone 520 7400. Hospi­tal vis­it­ing hours: Wairau Hospi­tal: Daily 11.30am till 7.30pm, chil­dren un­der-12 with par­ents only. Ma­ter­nity ward: Phone 520 9959, 10am till noon, 4pm till 7pm. Chil­dren’s ward: 10am till 8pm. Vis­it­ing sub­ject to the dis­cre­tion of nurse in charge.


Hol­i­day­mak­ers re­turn to Pelorus Bridge area of the Pelorus river to take ad­van­tage of the im­prov­ing weather and wa­ter qual­ity.

Dee Black

Two of the top 10 swim­ming spots in the coun­try are in Marl­bor­ough, mak­ing it the place to go to cool off this sum­mer.

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