Instagram model denies allegations she swam strongly in the spring, after the severe backlash

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A Instagram model has issued a statement after receiving harsh criticism about a non-tagged photo, ” she posted on the social media platform of her swimming in a serene lake in New Zealand.

“There is no better way to travel [than] to stumble across these gems unexpectedly. Not a single soul in sight or a piece of crap – my idea of perfection,” wrote Cleo Codrington, who travels the country with her partner, Mitch Cox.


Although the photo is not marked with a location other than New Zealand, the followers were quick to attack Codrington for swimming in what they are supposed To be Waihou Blue Springs — a picturesque water system, that is forbidden to swimmers since 2016 to have a ‘ negative impact on the vegetation in the riverbed and on the bank,” Daily Mail reported.

“There is a reason that [it is] clean. [It is] sacred and a sign of lack of respect for papatuanuku to swim here,” one person commented on the photo.

“You’re always welcome in Aotearoa, but PLEASE learn the meaning of Kaitiakitanga @cleocohen and show our islands the respect that they deserve,” another angry on the photo wrote.

“Just nature, you, and 133k people. It would be nice if it came with the respect of other people’s laws & country,” another wrote.

“Bathing in the holy waters to sell necklaces?” another comment read, referring to the Instagram influencer Etsy shop.

However, after the controversy – which was covered by the NZ Herald – Codrington responded to the backlash, claiming she and Cox were not in Blue Springs, but a different idyllic location that is not off-limits to swimmers.


“Please do not listen to false articles written about me. This was at the Tarawera Falls River, Blue Springs. I didn’t want to reveal the location, because I am a huge proponent of the preservation of the hidden gems and the environment, not all places need to be geotagged,” she wrote in a comment.

Codrington then placed another, more instruction, further defense of her swimming.

“I am a real advocate for the preservation, preserve, and enjoy some beautiful natural environments that we have. Adventure is not based on geotags or “the shot”, and especially not at the expense of the environment,” she wrote in a caption. “It is not about the promotion of the major tourist attractions, or presentation areas, so that they will be overrun and abused, (Which, unfortunately, happened in places such as the Blue Springs.) This IS NOT Blue Springs, but a fully independent river and the area in NZ, and yes, the residents and owners said that we could swim!”

Many of her 134K followers came out in support of Codrington, to claim that they know that they would not have broken the law just for a photo.


“Cleo ignore all of these negative comments, I 100% know that you and Mitch are environmentally aware and with respect for the sites you visit and am grateful that you don’t tag all the locations in order to preserve them. People are so quick to pass judgement!! keep living the dream, I love your posts and am inspired by them every day big love xxx,” a follower wrote.

“Keep up the wonderful work that you guy have done. Waste is not only thrown to the oceans, but people, do not let this garbage on you,” another said.

The Instagram-famous couple is known for their travel pages, which feature the couple in a lot of tourist and off-the-beaten-path locations around the world.

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