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

The goal for the new pool is to design a complex that will serve the needs of the entire community, including elderly and youth, for at least the next 50 years.  

The complex includes a 25 x 12m lap pool, a 6m x 10m 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.  

Detailed design is underway and is expected to be finished by the end of March 2020. 

Download the most recent 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 community consultation as part of the Annual Plan 2019/2020. 

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

See a map of the site

The Budget

Stage one (building the outdoor pool complex) will cost an estimated $3.8million. 

Approximately $2.6 million has already been secured. This includes a $1million contribution from Council, $950,000 from the DIA Lotteries Earthquake Recovery fund, $100,000 from the local Op Shop and several contributions by generous individuals and local groups. 

Further funding applications totaling approximately $.8M are in progress

Approximately $30,000 has been raised through community fundraising. 


The Team

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

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




27 January 2020