Aquatic Centre upgrade on track for early 2021



5 December 2020

Contractors working on the 50m pool at Rotorua Aquatic Centre have reached a number of key milestones.

Most of the necessary infrastructure that keeps the pool running is now in place and the project is on track for completion early next year.

So far, completed work includes installation of the filtration plant and underground pipes, pressure testing and construction of the pool extension. The work to construct footings and framing for the new decking around the pool is also now well underway.

In the coming weeks contractors will be working on crucial stages of the project such as levelling the pool floor to prepare for the liner, installing the moveable bulkhead and finishing the decking which will surround the pool.

Once all work is complete in early 2021, the pool will be re-filled and thorough testing will take place to ensure the pool filtration, chemistry and temperature controls are working before the first swimmer can dive in.

Planning and design work continues for the upgrades to the rest of the Aquatic Centre, including improvements to the roof, fire safety system, ventilation and internal spaces.

For more information about the Rotorua Aquatic Centre redevelopment head to

Scroll down to check out the latest progress photos 

What’s on at the pool this summer:

While work is being completed on the 50m outdoor pool the team at Rotorua Aquatic Centre has made sure there is plenty going on indoors to keep swimmers busy this summer.

Shred for summer - join the Aquatic Centre gym

  • Health assessments and exercise programmes
  • Aqua Fitness classes
  • Spa and pool access
  • Easy weekly payment plans

SwimMagic Swim School – programmes suitable for all ages and abilities

  • Classes for ages six months all the way to adults
  • The swim school is open 48 weeks of the year

Unison Lake Safety Programme: 18 – 22 January

  • Programmes for tamariki during the holidays
  • Vital water safety skills including life jackets, and deep water survival skills
  • Unison Lake Safety giveaways
  • Register early to secure a space in the programme

Family Fun Days

Enjoy the inflatables, Tarzan swing and poolside trampoline each day from midday to 3pm.

For more information about Rotorua Aquatic Centre and to stay up to date with what's on follow them on Facebook -  or visit their website at 

Photo 1: This photo shows the new decking installed at the Kuirau Park end of the pool. Framing for the rest of the decking surround continues. The new decking will be installed all the way around the pool. 

Photo 2: This is the Kuirau Park end of the pool with the decking extended further along back of wall with space for additional steps. A handrail will also be installed along the decking at this location. 

Photo 3: This photo shows the piping for the pool water supply and return water in a trench at the changing room end of the pool. The narrow pipes take filtered water to the pool. The wider pipes take water from the gutters along the sides of the pool.  

Photo 4: This photo shows the new Natare filter plant installed below ground level in the plant room. Piping from Photo 3 is connected to the Natare filter. The flat plate on upright black pipe is for pressure testing (to ensure there are no leaks). 

Photo 5: The sand coloured area in this photo shows how the pool has been lengthened to allow installation of the new moveable bulkhead. The new Natare stainless guttering (seen covered in clear plastic) has been installed around the pool. 


Page reviewed: 05 Dec 2020 11:00am