Kaikōura Community Pool
The Kaikōura Aquatic Centre is open from Sunday 14th November 2021 through to the 27th March 2022
- The open air centre has 3 heated pools
- 25 x 12m lap pool
- 6m x 10m multi-use learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool
- Beach entry toddler pool
- Splash pad.
- Changing rooms
- Seating and picnic area. Bring your own food and drinks.
- There is a coin operated BBQ area outside the centre.
The new pools are located on Wā Kaukau Terrace off Scarborough St (South) on the recreation reserve located behind Innovative Waste. There are parking facilities on site and you can walk or bike using the new pathways connecting from SH1. Also via Tom’s Track off Torquay Street.
Public Opening Times:
Subject to change depending upon demand, usage and weather
Morning session: 6.30am–9.00am daily
Afternoon sessions: consult the weekly schedule as it varies daily
There will be a range of swimming and fitness classes operating as well as various fun community events throughout the season. Keep an eye on the facebook page.
You can hire the pool for parties, events and classes. Contact the centre manager to discuss.
Centre Manager: Sean Madden
Cell: 022 546 2066
Child under 16 $3.50
Senior Citizen $4.00
Family 1 – 1 Adult + 1 child $8.00
Family 2 – 1 Adult + 2 children $11.00
Family 3 – 2 Adults + 1 child $13.50
Family 4 – 2 Adults + 2 children $16.00
Additional child with family $2.50
10 Swim Discount Concession Card
Child under 16 $32
Senior Citizen $35
The Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust trustees are; Mayor Craig Mackle, John Diver, John Wyatt, Toni Batey, Rosie Clemett.
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.
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.
We are very proud to announce Kaikoura Aquatic Centers newest partner and major sponsor Kaikoura ITM. From paddles in the pool to doing up your pad. They'll see you right.
There is still plenty of opportunities for sponsorship.
Other Local swimming facilities
Dusky Lodge Pool
67 Beach Road
Outdoor and heated - non-guests $5 per swim
Contact Dusky Lodge 03 319 5959
Council are supporting the community to build a new indoor pool in the following ways;
- Contributing up to a total of $1million for the construction of the pool.
- Contributing up to $70k per annum in operating costs once the new pool is operational.
- Partnering with and supporting the Trust throughout this process.
The Kaikōura Community Pool, previously known as the Lions Pool, was located on the Esplanade until it was damaged by the November 2016 earthquake. Planning for this pool started in 1966 and it was fundraised for and built by 1970. On 07 March 1970 it was opened by Peter Snell.
The pool project was a Lions and community joint project, with a paid coordinator being employed to prepare for, and supervise the working bees that occurred every Wednesday and Saturday. Bernie Brown and Bryan Seddon did an excellent job at rostering the largely unskilled and fully voluntary labour force that worked together to construct the pool.
Fundraising was collected through a variety of different avenues and community events - scrap iron sales, raffles for an Aston Greathead painting and a pony from Paul Harnett, as well as a grant from the Canterbury Education Board for $4000.
The changing rooms and toddler pool was a later addition to the facility and Kaikōura Lions Club also built planter boxes out of railway sleepers to beautify the swimming pool area.
The Lions Pool served the community for many years until 2016 when the earthquake damaged the facility. Council and the community are now working towards a new pool for the community.
*Many thanks to Lions member Melville Symes who provided Council with this information.
10 December 2020