Community Swimming Pool Update

pool pic 1

Kaikōura's only community pool closed in 2016 after it was damaged by the earthquake. The Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust is now leading a project to build a new indoor community pool over the next 4 years. With the news on 24 July 2020 that the Aquatic Centre had received $1 million from the COVID Recovery Fund, the Trust has now received the funds to build the outdoor pool. Well done team! Construction is targeted to begin in September 2020.

This is a tremendous outcome for the board who have been working hard to secure funding and sponsorship for the pool build. A further proposal to top up funding has been submitted through the Council to the Governments 'Shovel Ready' Project Funding. A developed pool plan has been approved which brings the vision of the pool to life, there is space for recreation and family whānau gatherings, as well as picnic areas and gas BBQ’s.


The Build

Construction is due to start in Spring 2020 with an anticipated opening date in early 2021. The vision remains to deliver the Kaikōura community an Aquatic Centre that is fit for purpose, sustainable and future proofed. The initial focus is on an outdoor facility with a longer term Stage 2 project goal to enclose the Centre. 

Building consent has been lodged and a lease has been signed for the new site at Scarborough Street. The site provides plenty of space for parking, future development and expansion, easy connections to local walking and cycling tracks, not to mention stunning views!

Request for tenders have been issued for the main contractor and by 2021 Kaikōura will have an new Aquatic Centre for the whole community to enjoy!


Future Events

The Aquatic Centre Fundraising Team;Justine Schroder, Toni Batey, Sueann Jones and Emma Fissenden are planning some fun family activities in August. Look out for 'Kaikōura's Discovery Hunt - Car Style.' Follow the 'Kaikōura Community Pool' on Facebook to find out more. 'Ethel and Bethel Bingo Babes' has been re-scheduled for the beginning of 2021. Comedy, Bingo and Side Splitting laughter! This event will be promoted online and through the Kaikōura Star. Watch out for it......


Thank You Kaikōura!

The Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust Board including Chair; John Wyatt, Treasurer; John Diver, Board members; Mayor Craig Mackle, Mark Fissenden, Toni Batey, Rosie Clemett and Project Co-ordinator; Emma Duncan would like to acknowledge some of the main financial contributors of the project: Kaikōura District Council, Lottery Grants Board, Rata Foundation, Op Shop Charitable Trust, Sutherland Self Help Trust Board, Kaikōura Lions Club, Seaward Lions Club, Rob and Andrea Peach, Joanne Willet. 

And a huge thanks to all the Kaikōura businesses and community members for their ongoing support. Ngā mihi!

For more information on the Kaikōura Aquatic Centre contact or follow them on Facebook 


Documents for information:


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

The site provides plenty of space for parking, future development and expansion, easy connections to local walking and cycling tracks and stunning views. Funding has also been secured for community BBQs, sinks, shading and seating areas, native planting and improvements to walkways and cycleways in the area.


Pool Design

Good progress continues to be made on work towards building a new outdoor pool for the community by 2021. Stage 2 will be to convert the new pools to indoor.

Stage 1 (outdoor pools) is expected to cost approximately $3.7million with $3 million secured to date, we are well on our way!

The Board have engaged the services of Create Limited as lead consultant for the project. Create and the Board have been working hard to complete detailed design, lodge building consent and issue the request for tender for the main contractor. We are excited to have the expertise and knowledge of Ian Coombes Ltd (Swimming Pool Contractor) delivering on the pool water services and are anticipating completion early 2021.

The complex includes a 25 x 12m lap pool with ramp access, 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 picnic area.


Fundraising and Sponsorship

 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 this here.  

Get involved: Check out the Kaikōura Community Pool Facebook page to stay up to date with all the fundraising events and activities, and to find out how you can get involved.  

Get in touch: 

Email Pool Project Coordinator

Email the Trust


14 August 2020