Winter has arrived but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some H2O action. You may have to forego the salty seas for some chlorinated water. But at least they’re heated right?
Get your goggles, swimming caps and floaties at the ready because we have created a list of the best indoor swimming pools in Auckland, to save you the time and energy of Googling them yourself. Dive in.
Mt Albert Aquatic Centre
Known affectionately by locals as the Wave Pools, you might have guessed from the nickname that these pools create some waves. If you’re more of a serious swimmer, there is the classic 25m rectangular pool. For everyone else there is the wave pool that mimics a beach. Relax in lazy river, best spent floating on a doughnut, or don’t, and go down the hydro slide till you’re dizzy. For the kiddies there are hours of entertainment from watching the bucket water feature fill up and guessing which one will flip next. For the adults this sight is pretty entertaining to watch from the spa.
Right in the central city the Teps are the perfect place for some hydrotherapy. Let all your work-related worries just float away. Pop in before or after work, or dip in at lunch to have a tepid bath, or a hot one in the spa. There are lanes for all speeds and abilities and a separate shallow pool for all those still with their L plates.
The Olympic Pools have one key difference—they are Olympic-sized. At 50 metres long you better be able to swim before you commit to these pools. If you are lacking motivation just remember Dory’s best three words of advice—just keep swimming. Worst comes to worst, there’s a lifeguard who may politely tell you that you are better suited to the spa and sauna.
West Wave Aquatic Centre
West Coast beaches may be known for their ginormous waves but West Wave Aquatic Centre has waves too (just slightly smaller and not as scary). West Wave has everything you need and more—lane pools, wave pools, spa, sauna, a hydroslide. Plus there’s a dive pool with 1 metre, 3 metre and 5 metre diving boards for all you dare devils to practice your pin drops. But what sets it apart is its hydrotherapy pool for injury or arthritis issues, the water will make you feel light on your feet again.
Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre
Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre have a little something for every age and stage. Practice ya freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly in the lane pool, lax in the leisure pool, learn in the learner pool or splash around in the toddler-sized pool. But pools can be used for more than just swimming. There are also aquacise and aquacardio classes to get your heart pumping.
Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre
Sundays really are fundays at Stanmore Pool and Leisure Centre. They call them ‘Super Splash Sundays’. In the afternoon they inflate all of their pool toys and an aqua run for a whole lotta fun. The rest of the week you can use their two pools, spa, and sauna just minus the floaties. Or join in on their Aquaworks workouts for something a little different.
Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool and Leisure Centre
Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool is stepping up the heat with aqua aerobics classes. It has all the usual facilities—two pools, a spa, steam room and sauna. But they also offer aqua aerobic, aqua jogging and AquaZumba. Zumba may be soooo 2013 but AquaZumba is 2017. It’ll save you the embarrassment of everyone seeing your skilllllzzzz because you’ll be underwater. Plus, the resistance from the water will tone that body. So get your squad together to practice your synchronized swimming routine #Squadgoals.
Dean Greenwood Swim School
You may have thought that Dean Greenwood was exclusively a swim school but it is open to the public most of the day (minus the afterschool rush hour traffic). Situated in the heart of Mt Eden, with all the facilities you need to swim and/or steam, it should be your new go to. Do some laps or check out their aqua aerobics. Keep this up and you’ll reach you fitness and health goals in no time.
Glenfield Pool and Leisure Centre
Get thrown in the deep end in the dive well. There’s three different boards for you fearless jumpers—1 metre, 3 metre and 5 metre heights. Perfect your pin drops, dives, bombs, flips and flops. Diving not your thing? Try the hydro slide. Repeat. Or get out of your comfort zone and try something new. They have a social water polo league. And a non-contact version—flippa ball—for the kids. Also they have do a pool if you just want to practice some strokes.
Pro tip: If you wanna be a competitive diver it’s the one who makes the least splash that wins.
Massey Park Pool
Here you'll find all the water features you’ll ever need—a lap pool, a fun pool, a spa, sauna, steam room, hydro slide and a lazy river. But the best part of Massey Park Pool—Wave Rave’s are held every month. What is a Wave Rave? Well it’s basically a pool party for school kids (we are jealous). There are waves, beats, and an aqua run for endless inflatable fun. There’s a new theme every month so break out your leather, tight pants and singing voice for Grease Lightning or you’re your flares, flower power and peace signs for 70’s night.
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Image Credit: Mt. Albert Aquatic Centre