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Wānaka Recreation Centre

Visit the three-pool complex at Wānaka Recreation Centre for family fun, swim lessons, relaxation or to keep fit.

Visit our COVID-19 page for up-to-date information on COVID-19 and our facilities.

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Our 8-lane 25m lap pool, 20m learners' pool with separate toddlers' area, and adult hot pool is located in the busy Three Parks commercial area only a five-minute drive from central Wānaka.

To help you plan your visit in advance, we provide an online pool timetable to show which lanes are booked and which are available through the day. You can also call us anytime on 03 443 9334 to check how busy the pools are before you set out.

In line with current Alert Level 2 restrictions, the Learners Pool at Wanaka Recreation Centre will be heavily restricted to public between 9am – 12pm next week (first week of school holidays) as we accommodate holiday intensive swimming lessons. Best to try and plan your Learners pool swims for the afternoon where possible.

  • Day

    Opening Hours



    Saturdays & Sundays


    Public Holidays* 


    ANZAC Day (25 April)


    Christmas Day & New Year's Day


    *(except ANZAC Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day)

    **The Learners Pool will be closed Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 5.45pm during school term four. This is being done to accommodate swimming lessons and to ensure we're adhering to government guidelines.

    In addition to the afternoon closure, the learners pool will also be closed to accommodate school swimming from 9.30am to 11.30am on the following dates:

    • Thursday 21 October

    • Tuesday 26 October to Thursday 28 October

    • Monday 8 November to Friday 12 November

    • Monday 15 November to Friday 19 November

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these Learner Pool closures.

    To help you plan your visit in advance, we provide an online pool timetable to show which lanes are booked and which are available through the day. You can also call us anytime on 03 443 9334 to check how busy the pools are before you set out.

    Please note opening hours for our various facilities can change. We do our best to publicise changes in advance or as quickly as possible if they are for unexpected reasons beyond our control.

    For up to the minute news on closures or cancellations follow QLDC Sport & Recreation on  Facebook. If you are making a special trip it is always worth giving reception a call on 03 443 9334 before you set out.

  • Choose between our casual rates, or consider a range of membership options to get the best value.

    Casual Entry Prices 

    Pass type Adult Senior/ Beneficiary Child
    Casual Swim $8.50 $5.00 $4.00
    Toddler Time $7.00 per adult, with up to two toddlers 4 years and under (i.e. under 5) swimming free.


    10-visit pass


    Senior/ Beneficiary

    $75 $45 $35
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    Membership Prices 

    Membership Adult Senior/ Beneficiary Child Family
    12 months $425 $209 $179 $709
    6 months $280 $129 $109 $429
    3 months $189 $79 $59 N/A
    12 months (direct debit) $20/ fortnight $10/ fortnight $8/ fortnight $34/ fortnight
    6 months (direct debit) $24/ fortnight $12/ fortnight $10/ fortnight $40/ fortnight
      Join Join  Join  

    For more advice about choosing the best option for you, please contact our customer services team at reception who'll be happy to help:

    03 443 9334

    A few notes:

    • Please note the hot pool is exclusive to those aged 16+ years

    • With a casual entry pass, you have access to all pools within the facility.

    • With our memberships you can select whether you'd like to pre-pay up front or pay in installments via direct debit. All swim memberships include free use of all Queenstown Lakes District Council swimming facilities, excluding use of the hydroslides at Alpine Aqualand.


    Terms and conditions

    • Senior/Beneficiary: 65+ years with ID or holders of a Super Gold or Community Services Card

    • Child: 5-18 years (ID may be required)

    • Toddler: 4 years or under

    • Group Discount: available for advanced bookings only; please enquire at reception

    • 10-visit Swim Card: Valid for 12 months from date of purchase and excludes use of the hydroslides at Alpine Aqualand

    • Family Memberships: One or more dependent children living with one or two responsible adults (i.e. parents and/or caregivers) at the same address; QLDC reserves the right to request proof of address and other qualifying documents at time of purchase.

    • Membership Inclusions: All members get free access to all Queenstown Lakes District Council swimming facilities excluding use of the hydroslides at Alpine Aqualand.

  • The Wānaka pool crew always put on heaps of fun activities every school holiday.

    Download the full holiday schedule now!

  • Change rooms and accessibility

    Separate male and female change areas are available, containing showers, toilets, baby change tables and hairdryers. We have one self-contained accessible change room poolside and three separate universal changing rooms for families, disabled and gender inclusive use. A chair hoist and hand rails are available for entering the pool.



    We have a great range of Speedo swimwear, swim caps, goggles and training accessories available to buy as well as a selection of drinks, snacks, sweets and ice creams.


    Aqua nappies

    All children aged three and under must wear swim nappies and tight-fitting swimwear during their pool visit. The key requirement is that there are two lines of defence - nappy and togs. We recommend Speedo Aqua Nappies which are eco-friendly and re-usable. They are to be worn with a second layer - either togs or a disposable swim nappy.

    You can buy aqua nappies at reception and local supermarkets.


    Lost Property

    For security reasons we recommend leaving your valuables at home where possible. Any items that are left behind or handed into our staff will be kept in lost property as follows:

    • Valuables - handed to NZ Police after 24 hours.

    • Toiletries - kept for one week and then thrown out/recycled.

    • Clothing - kept for one month and then given to the the Salvation Army.

    • Socks/underwear - thrown out at the end of the day.

  • Wānaka Swim School offers:

    • Qualified, experienced instructors

    • A positive and comfortable learning environment

    • Small classes and a friendly, personalised service

    • Indoor heated swimming pools

    • Family orientated environment

    • Intensive Holiday Swim Week programmes.

    To view and download the current swim school brochure click here.

    To book swim lessons in Wānaka online click here.

    For more info please  contact us:

    Wānaka Swim School
    Wānaka Recreation Centre
    03 443 9334

    About the Programme

    QLDC Swim School is located at Wānaka Recreation Centre at Three Parks off Sir Tim Wallis Drive.

    Regardless of your age or ability, you can learn the life skill of swimming and water safety with our quality programmes.

    Lessons are available everyday during the school term, catering for children as young as six months through to adults. Whether you are new to swimming or wanting to improve your technique, we have a level for you.

    If you have any doubt which lesson level you or your child should be in, we will provide you with a free swim assessment.

    All children receive certificates of achievement as they progress and reach their goals.

    As a Wanaka Swim School member, you can enjoy practicing or splashing about at Wanaka Recreation Centre for two hours prior to your lesson, or as long as you wish for after your lesson.

    Holiday Swim Week

    For faster progress and great value, consider our intensive Holiday Swim Week programme for your child. Choose one or more weeks each school holiday, with a 30-minute class every weekday morning to suit most abilities.


Contact us

Physical Address: 41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive (off Ballantyne Road), Wānaka
Postal Address: Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348

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