Summer has officially started which pretty much means three things: ice cream, cocktails and swimming. While we’ve covered of the first two for you here and here, and we’ve told you the best of Auckland’s city beaches, we thought it would be timely to share the best swimming pools our fair city has on offer.
Whether you’re inclined for something a little wild, salt water, fresh water, outdoors or in, there really is something for everyone. Go forth and tame that rising mercury.
We’re kicking off our list of Auckland’s best swimming pools with the iconic Parnell Baths. These salt-water pools are the biggest in the country and have been keeping bathers happy for more than a whopping hundred years. There’s heaps of fun for the sprogs with brightly coloured water equipment in a smaller pool as well as a huge 60m pool for those who are a little more confident. It’s a popular spot in the warmer months, so make sure you head along early to nab your pozzy.
Waiwera Hot Pools
If you’re into geo-thermal pools (who isn’t?) then head north of Auckland to the Wairwera Hot Pools. This is another popular spot, so expect lots of kids and fun. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, work your way up from the silver long slides to the hydro slides—we challenge you to the Black Hole! If you prefer something a little more private or less noisy, there are pools available that are adults-only. And, if you’d like to catch a flick at the same time, they have films screening three times a day.
Lagoon Leisure And Fitness Centre
A part of the YMCA, Lagoon Leisure And Fitness Centre is the perfect spot to spend a day poolside. This Panmure venue has an outdoor pool, a hydro slide, diving boards and an adventure playground. We love the outdoor area with garden, picnic tables and barbeque that’s perfect for a summer’s day feast.
Another of Auckland’s geo-thermal pools is Parakai Springs. Situated out West, if you’re a thrill-seeker you’ll love the waterslides or, if you prefer to sit back and relax, there are plenty of pools for you to do so.
Grey Lynn Paddling Pool
Grey Lynn Paddling Pool is the perfect place for a quick dip when you’re stuck in the city on a sweltering day. With free entry, it is located next to Grey Lynn Park and is a great place to take the kids when they’re dying of heat and you need to blow off some steam. There’s also a regular lifeguard on duty so you know you’re in safe hands.
Massey Park Aquatic Centre
Massey Park Aquatic Centre is high up there on our list of must-visit pools! There’s an outdoor 50m pool if you want to burn off those Christmas calories but if you prefer a little excitement to your life, make the most of the African jungle-themed pool inside as well as the wave pool. If you’re lucky, you may be there for a ‘wave rave’. A what? Yep, you can have a rave in the wave pool with DJ Lenny on the decks. There’s plenty of competitions including bombing and an aqua run.
Point Erin Pools
The Point Erin Pools are open during the summer season (November to March) as it’s a large outdoor pool. Not only can you soak up the sunshine, you also get to soak up the views of the Harbour Bridge. If you want to add a few fun activities, you can choose from a diving well or hit up the basketball and volleyball courts.
Mount Albert Aquatic Centre
The Mount Albert Aquatic Centre is one place you’ll want to put on your summer bucket list. With the indoor pool basically performing as an underwater playground, there’s also a hydroslide, a toddlers’ pool with water play features and a wave pool that turns on every 30 minutes. All of this is set in pirate-themed room. Aarrrr!
If you prefer to have your swim-time free from little sprogs and all of the above fun-filled pools sound like your worst nightmare, then take a break and head to Tepid Baths in the CBD. Otherwise known as “The Teps,” it is an iconic place of Auckland, situated in a 100-year-old building. Inside, it’s nice and serene—much like one of those fancy-pants pools you see in the movies.
Glenfield Pool And Leisure Centre
If you were amazed by the divers at the Olympics and think you’d like to give it a whirl, then the Glenfield Pool and Leisure Centre is the place to go. With three diving boards—one-metre, three-metre and five-metre—you can put those skills to the test. With pools, spa pools and even hydroslides, this will quickly become a fave spot.
Onehunga War Memorial Pool
The Onehunga War Memorial Pool opened in 1956 and is one of the best places for dipping your toes this summer. With multiple pools, including indoor and out, they even offer special Dog Day Out events so your pooch doesn’t have to miss out.
If you’re going for a swim just to train and want a no-fuss pool, then the Northern Arena in Silverdale is for you. The pools were crafted in Italy and specifically designed with swimmers in training in mind. The water has low levels of chlorine, which makes it more gentle on your skin. There’s an eight-lane training swimming pool for those wanting to get serious.
West Wave Pool And Leisure Centre
A popular spot for Westies, the West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre will certainly cool you off this summer. Purpose-built for the 1990 XIV Commonwealth Games, there’s a lane pool, spa pol, sauna and steam room. Give the hydroslide a try or feel like you’re at the beach when they turn on the waves. If you’d like to try some diving, there’s one-metre, three-metre and five-metre boards.
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