A Filipino international student studying in New Zealand has drowned while swimming at Whangarei Falls, north of Auckland.

Whangārei Falls is a popular summer swimming spot and tourist attraction.

Friends who were with the student said he was studying in Auckland but had traveled to Whangārei for a short break.

He went to the falls for an afternoon swim, went under the water and did not resurface.

A New Zealand Police dive team recovered the body late in the day on 12 January.

New Zealand Immigration offers water safety information for those who are new to the country, including international students.