Top Auckland Pools
Whether you're in training for summer fitness, or just want to take a refreshing dip, swimming is one of the best ways to get some exercise while having fun. We've had a hunt around for some of Auckland’s best public pools.
The Auckland Council owns a load of public pools – each at affordable casual rates and most have both an exercise pool and a fun pool. Pt Erin Pool in Herne Bay has a large main pool with slide and diving boards along with a spa pool, sauna, basketball and volleyball court, barbecue area and children's playground! It opens in summer every year from late November until early March so mark your diary.
The Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre in Newmarket has a 50 metre indoor lap pool, learner’s pool, sauna, spa and steam room. It’s ideal as an after work stress reliever as it’s open until 10pm weekdays. On the weekend you can also go anytime between 7am and 8pm.
West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson was purposely built for the 1990 Commonwealth Games and contains great diving and 50m pool options as well as fun recreation and play facilities. The Centre is also very accessible for people with disabilities.
The Tepid Baths on Custom St in the CBD is a swimmer’s dream with their handy location and 25 metre lap pool. Plus the sauna, spa and steamroom provide a place to warm up afterwards. Best of all it’s only $3.90 for casual entry. Other nice council pools include the Parnell Baths, Lynfield Recreation Centre and Mt Eden Swimming Pool. The Panmure Lagoon gym is also worth checking out as is the Corporate Health Club located at 151 Queen Street in the City.
Described as a ‘blast from the past’ by one customer, Palm Springs in Helensville is simply hot pools with classic concrete changing rooms like the old days. The lack of bells and whistles means Palm Springs provides just what you want – steaming relaxation in hot water and pure contentment. If you’re feeling a bit daring you could even go along to an ‘optional swimwear night’ (basically it’s skinny dipping), held on the last Saturday night of each month! If hydro slides are more you’re thing then head over to the Aquatic Park – Parakai Springs just up the road (take your togs to this one though).
Waiwera Infinity is a fun and comprehensive leisure complex just north of Orewa, past Auckland’s North Shore. It may not be cheap, but it has loads on offer. We recommend going with friends and zooming down the hydro slides, then stopping for lunch at a picnic area before relaxing in the hot water for the afternoon. Or you might like to go in the evening, where you can be sure to warm up in the water amongst the cool night air. You can even book one of eight private mineral spas which cater for up to four adults. The Infinity Pacific Spa has a cascading waterfall and accommodates up to 12 people. Set aside time one weekend to treat yourself there.
Ride the waves at Mt Albert Aquatic Centre, a Caribbean-themed fun wave and leisure pool complex. Waves turn on at points throughout the day with alarm to alert you – so hang on! There’s also some slides and lagoon areas to explore. Plus there’s a separate lap pool away from the crowds. It’s open til 9pm from Friday to Sunday and costs just $7 per adult.
Editorial by Holly Roberts