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 so you can spend less time Googling and more time enjoying. Dive in.
The 80-year-old iconic 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. Seriously though, you can't fail to have a great swim in one of the best swimming pools Auckland has to offer.
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.
Albany Stadium Pool
The newest leisure centre on the block, the Albany Stadium Pool certainly has a lot going for it. Make a splash in the leisure pool, complete with its over-the-pool climbing wall, lily pads, and water cannons. If that all sounds a bit junior to you, make a beeline for the adults-only sauna and spa or pump out a few lengths in the lap pool. Best of all, the cafe is well worth a visit, with areas to supervise the main action whilst having a brew and keeping your hair dry. Winning.
Built over 100 years ago and right in the central city The Teps are anything but old fashioned—they're the perfect place for some hydrotherapy. Let all your work-related worries just float away at this iconic swimming spot. 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. Gold star for those with accessibility needs too as The Teps has a water wheelchair available.
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 a variety of classes, one of which—Aqua Deep—which is pool based. You'll jump in the deep end for this one and work out using buoyancy belts. It’ll also 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.
West Wave Pool And Leisure Centre
West Coast beaches may be known for their ginormous waves but West Wave Pool And Leisure 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, 3, 5, 7 and 10 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. For those who need extra support, there's a water wheelchair available.
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, relax 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. There is also a water wheelchair available here.
Stanmore Bay Pool And Leisure Centre
Sundays really are fundays at Stanmore Bay 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. Not available all year round—keep an eye on their socials if the idea floats yer boat. The rest of the time 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.
Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa Pool And Leisure Centre
This little gem is a standout on our list for the fact that not only is it an awesome facility—natch—but it's free for swimmers of all ages. Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre really comes alive in the summer with its epic outdoor pools, bombing pool and hydroslide but come the colder months you can have a great swim in the main pool as well as hitting up the spa pool. They even have a splash pool with a bubble pit in case you have any littlies in tow. Leave the spare change at home.
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 (bit jelly, won't lie). Still, you can get your jollies in the wave pool, and they'll even let adults join in the bombing competition. Can't say fairer than that!
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Image credit: Olympic Pools, Mt. Albert Aquatic Centre, Tepid Baths, West Wave Pool And Leisure Centre, Stanmore Bay Pool And Leisure Centre