Kaikōura Community Pool

Kaikōura's only community pool closed in 2016 after it was damaged by the earthquake. The Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust is now leading a project to build a new indoor community pool over the next 4 years. Council is supporting the Trust by donating the land, $1 million in capital funding and contributing up to $250k per year to the operating costs.

This page contains key information about the project

Read the most recent project news here

Donations and Sponsorship

The pool team are looking to raise $350,000 in sponsorship and community fundraising. 

Donations of any amount are welcome to the Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust Board Account number 03-1586-0093009-001 

Because the trust is a registered charitable trust, all donations are tax deductable. Read more about it here.  

Sponsorship there are lots of opportunities for sponsorship.

Download the Sponsorship Document

Draft Pool design

Draft designs for the new pool have been created, with a focus on providing for the elderly and for youth. The goal was to design a complex that would serve the needs of the entire community for at least the next 50 years.  

The complex includes a 25 x 12m lap pool, a 6m x 8m multi-use learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool and a beach entry toddler pool as well as changing rooms, toilets, a small office and outdoor tiered seating.  

Download the draft designs


The new pools will be built on the Scarborough St (South) recreation reserve located behind Innovative Waste. The decision to build the new pool on Scarborough Street behind Innovative Waste was made after a lot of careful consideration and debate. The Trust rated all available pieces of council land based on several criteria and considered ideas from the community gathered over 2016-2019 including the work from the Sport Recreational Leadership Team, the Combined Sports Groups and feedback several consultations. 

The Council is separately developing plans to close and cap the landfill and redesign the neighbouring Innovative Waste resource recovery centre and landfil by 2021. The closure, capping and redesign are expected to greatly reduce the visibility, noise and odour. Read more about this

See a map of the site

The Team

The Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust trustees are; Mayor Winston Gray, Mark Fissenden, John Diver, John Wyatt, Toni Batey, Rosie Clemett and Craig Mackle. 

Read the Trust Deed here

Email the pool team

Youth representatives are Owen Thornton and Petra Jellyman. 

The core team is supported by ‘friends of the pool’ who lead fundraising efforts; Emma Fissenden, Sueann Jones, Justine Schroder. 

Council and the Trust developed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement outlining how they will work together.

Read the MOU here


Local swimming facilities


 - 'Pools in Schools' temporary pool: 10mx4m

 - Available for public use, during the summer

(mid-October to the end of March)

 - Heated to 26⁰ and covered by a marquee

 - Location: on the Kaikōura Primary School netball courts  

(enter off the Esplanade)

 - Contact: Sport Tasman Kaikōura

Kaikōura Primary School

 - Kaikōura Primary School pool: 11x5m

 - Covered and heated

 - Contact: Kaikōura Primary School - 03 319 5440  





Dusky Lodge

 - Dusky Lodge pool

 - 67 Beach Rd

 - Outdoor and heated

 - Available to non-guests $5 per swim

 - Contact: Dusky Lodge - 03 319 5959




11 October 2019