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Te Hōpua Wai Kaukau

Swimming pool

The Olympic Pool Complex

The 50m pool is open. We're able to open by recycling water from our outside pools, therefore not using the city's main water supply. We're limiting the use of showers as they are on the water supply.

Gisborne's public swimming pool complex - The Olympic Pool is located on Centennial Marine Drive.

We're building a new pool complex to replace the Olympic Pool on the site next door. Read more about Kiwa Pools, opening date still being worked through

Pool is using onsite water, we aren't using the city's main water supply. But we're limiting the use of showers, because it's running from the city's water supply.

Pools and facilities open

  • 50m indoor heated - 7 lane pool
  • toddlers pool at the end of the 50m pool
  • 33m outdoor pool
  • 98m hydro-slide
  • outdoor toddlers' pool with slide
  • dive pool with diving boards
  • indoor hot pool -  bookings required, max of 1 hour per booking between 6am - 6.15pm
  • BBQ facilities - limited availability
  • Playground - being removed and replaced ready for opening of Kiwa Pools

For booking and information

Phone 867 6220 or email  pool-reception@gdc.govt.nz

Opening hours

Summer hours are from 1 September to 30 April
Summer Opening hours
Monday - Sunday 6am - 8pm
Public Holidays 8am - 6pm

Winter hours - 1 May to 31 August Opening hours
Monday - Friday 6am - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am - 6pm
Public Holidays 8am - 6pm

Costs - entry fee

Description Fees - casual Fees - Swipe cardholders
Adult $4.60 $4.20
Child, student (with ID), senior citizen (65+) $3.50 $3.30
Under 2yrs - swimmer nappy required Free Free
Spectator $1.80 $1.80
Aqua fitness class - general $5.00 $5.00
Hydro-slide pass $5.20 $5.20
Hot pool only $5.70 $5.30
Swim and hot pool - day pass Fee + $3.50 Fee + $3.50

Special admission fees for registered members of Comet  swim club.

  • $3.70 to purchase a swipe card
  • swipe cards are for regular pool users
  • swipe cards that are not used for more than 6 months become invalid
  • invalid swipe cards cannot be reactivated and will be deleted from the system - there are no refunds on fund

Concession cards

Description Fees
Adult swim - 20 visits $75
Child, student, senior citizen swim - 20 visits $52
Senior citizen 65+ - 10 aqua fitness sessions $50

Gear hire

Description Fees
BBQ - private all day hire $60.30
Security lockers - padlock hire $3.40
Towel / Togs $3.40
Kayak (in pool only) - per hour $10.20
Flippers- / Aqua jogging belt $2.40

What's happening at the pool

The build of the new Kiwa Pools is underway.

For more information on Kiwa Pools

1974 - opening of the Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex

1983 - 98m hydroslide added

1992 - BBQ and entertainment areas developed

1994 - toddlers pool slide added

1995 - main pool - canopy structure – commencement of all year use

1996 - spa and hot pools installed

1997 - ‘bulkhead’ pool divider installed in main pool

1999 - alterations to administration block

2002 - new children's playground installed

2002 - major repairs to fix leaks in 50m pool

2007 - added accommodation (8 bunk bed cabins)

2007 - Gisborne earthquake caused some damage to outdoor pools

2008 - Accredited with ‘PoolSafe’ status

2009 - leaking pools repaired (earthquake damage)

2009 - installed 4 designated BBQ areas

2010 - installed new 400kW wood chip boiler for pool water heating (replacing gas boiler)

2010 - Whanau Fun Day event attended to by 2000+ people

2011 - PoolAlone initiated (dealing with unsupervised children at the pool complex)

2012 - renovation of pool canopy structure

2014 - upgraded filtration system to improve water quality. Shade sails and canopy installed.

The Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex is a true community pool; many great fundraising efforts were held in the community and donations were made by various trusts and groups, which greatly assisted Council to establish this facility in 1974.

Like many other public pools in New Zealand, our facility was build in the early 1970s as an outdoor facility, to be used for the summer season only and shut down in winter.

Over the years, the demands for aquatic activities grew and new facilities were added.

Today, over 150,000 visits to the facility are recorded every year.