Kaikōura Community Pool

Construction of the long waited Kaikōura Aquatic Centre is well underway with an anticipated opening in Spring 2021!

The centre will include the 25 x 12m lap pool, a 6m x 10m multi-use learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool and a beach entry toddler pool. Changing rooms and a picnic/BBQ area are also part of the aquatic centre construction.

CMT Group NZ Ltd are constructing the Aquatic Centre. CMT is a Marlborough and Canterbury company who will work with local subcontractors to build the 25m pool and surrounding complex. Local Kaikōura firms will provide at least 35% of the building works or products for the centre. 

Between the Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust Board and Kaikōura District Council funding of $3.7M has been secured for the construction of the aquatic centre, well done Team.


Donations and Sponsorship

The pool team are still looking to raise money from sponsorship and community fundraising for additional equipment such as a thermal pool blanket system and a Splashpad for kids incorporating a whale tail fountain and jet streams. 

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

Developed 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.  

Download the developed pool design


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 $3.7million. Funds have now been secured for this stage including a $1million contribution from Council, $950,000 from the DIA Lotteries Earthquake Recovery fund, $100,000 from the local Op Shop, $150,000 from the Rātā Foundation, a Lottery Community Facilities Fund Committee grant of $350,000, $1 million from the COVID Recovery Fund and several contributions by generous individuals and local groups. 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

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

Dusky Lodge Pool
67 Beach Road
Outdoor and heated - non-guests $5 per swim
Contact Dusky Lodge 03 319 5959

Kaikōura Primary School
This has been closed due to Health and Safety concerns.
We thank everyone for supporting this initiative since the Kaikōura Community Pool/Lions Pool was closed due to damage sustained during the November 2016 earthquake. 



10 December 2020