Activity Category: Pools

Aquatic Centre, Richmond, Nelson

This is the only indoor pool in the Nelson region. While there are no hydroslides at this pool, there is a wave pool with lazy river, 2 spa pools and a separate toddlers’ pool as well as an onsite cafe. All of this makes it a good place to come…

Baywave Aquatic Centre, playground and skatepark, Mount Maunganui

This is the largest swimming pool complex in the area and if you can’t get out to the beach for any reason, it makes a good alternative. There’s a lap pool, leisure pool with waves, toddlers’ pool with waterfall feature and a beach area. There’s also a hydroslide, although it…

Waikite Thermal Pools, Rotorua

These hot pools come highly recommended by lots of families. Unlike some other hot pool complexes in the country, the ones at Waikite aren’t treated with chemicals and come directly from the naturally boiling spring, with the only ‘treatment’ being that the water is cooled before it enters the pools.…

Moana Pool, Dunedin

With 5 different pools, this is the best place to come for a family swim in the Dunedin area. If you want to swim laps, there’s a pool for you (heated to 28 degrees). If you’re after a rapid river, waves and a play, the leisure pool is for you (heated…

Splash Palace, Invercargill

Lots of pools within this complex so should be something for everyone in the family; a 50m lap pool, a leisure pool (which includes waves and water features operational at certain times), a toddlers’ pool, hydroslide, spa and sauna (the last 2 available to adults only). All within walking distance…

Waterworld, Hamilton

This is the largest complex of swimming pools in Waikato so should have something for everyone! The 6 pools include several 25m pools (some at 27 degrees and one at 32 degrees) and a designated toddlers’ pool inside. During the school holidays, there’s often inflatables which can include a bouncy…

Coastlands Aquatic Centre, Paraparaumu

This pool complex was opened in 2014 and has a glass roof making it wonderfully light, although also very hot on sunny days (swimmers are fine in the water but spectators be warned). There’s a good separate toddlers’ pool with water features and from 1pm-5pm every afternoon at the weekends…

Parana Park, Hamilton

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This park on the edge of the Waikato River, has a large water feature in the form of a summer pool, made up of 3 separate pools – very popular with kids of all ages. Note the warning sign near the pools though, advising that due to the natural location, kids…

Fernland Spa Thermal Mineral Springs, Tauranga

There are hot pools at The Mount but these pools are recommended as being less busy and therefore a more tranquil and less commercial experience. There is one main outdoor pool that is surrounded by Punga Ferns and is heated to approximately 37/38 degrees. There are also 8 private indoor…