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Wānaka Recreation Centre

Te Whare ā-Rēhia o Wānaka


  • School Swimming to commence from Monday 6th May. Our pool will be busy between 9.15am to 2.15pm Monday to Friday.

  • Poolside change rooms will be closed for cleaning daily as per schedule below. Please use the individual family change rooms during these times:

    • -Male change rooms closed 11am to 12pm daily for cleaning
    • -Female change rooms closed 12pm to 1pm daily for cleaning
  • Paid showers are unavailable on the following days and times:

    • -Monday to Friday between 9.15am to 2.15pm, due to School Swimming


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

Don't forget we've got courts for hire and we also have a bunch of sporting equipment for you to use as well! If you're looking to book a court, you can check the availability using our court bookings google doc.

Our term 2 2024 timetable is out now! Download it and check what programmes are available!

Continue on for more information on the pool!

  • Day

    Opening Hours



    Saturdays & Sundays

    8.00am–8.00pm - stadium

    8.00am - 6.00pm - Pool

    Public Holidays* 


    ANZAC Day (25 April)


    Christmas Day & New Year's Day


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

    A full guide to council facility opening hours for Christmas and New Year.

    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 $8.00 $5.00 $4.00


    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 $699
    6 months $280 $129 $109 $399
    3 months $189 $79 $59 N/A
    Open Term Direct Debit $26/ fortnight $14/ fortnight $10/ fortnight $46/ fortnight
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    New membership and casual visit options

    Pass type

    Casual Entry

    10 visit pass

    Open term direct debit membership

    Tertiary student (with a valid NZ institution ID) $6.50 $60.00 $20 per fortnight


    Pass type

     3 Month pre paid

    6 month pre paid

    12 month pre paid

    Open term direct debit

    Off peak membership $129 $190 $295 $18 per fortnight

    Off peak members must enter the pool between 11.00am and 3.00pm during the week and after 3.00pm on weekends and public holidays.

    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: 5-17 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.

  • 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.

  • Keen to find out what's on at Wānaka Recreation Centre? We release a term timetable at the start of every school term that has court bookings and up-coming programmes detailed in a weekly schedule. 

    Download the full timetable.

    Don't forget we've got courts for hire and we also have a bunch of sporting equipment for you to use as well! If you're looking to book a court, you can check the availability using our court bookings google doc.


Contact us

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