Taupo's Across the Lake Swim

Literally taking the plunge into deep, fresh water is an especially refreshing experience.

Lake swimmers appreciate the lack of sticky salt, enjoy the extra cold water and know there are no creatures with big teeth threatening their toes, like in the ocean.

All of which helps to explain the popularity of a Across the Lake Swim. Since 1963, Taupō’s longest-running event has attracted thousands of swimmers from near and afar.

Participants splash across 4.2km from Acacia Bay to Three Mile Bay and while it’s a very challenging swim, it isn’t so gruelling that people are put off returning for more; the annual event attracts plenty of repeat competitors.

They’re keen to be part of an iconic event with genuine community spirit, and the added bonus of knowing their entry fees for joining the swim contribute to a restoration planting programme on the lake front.

Reported for our AA Directions Winter 2019 issue

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