Rotorua Aquatic Centre Revitalisation well underway
23 February 2023
The next stage of the Rotorua Aquatic Centre Revitalisation is coming along swimmingly.
The indoor pool makeover is underway and on track. The internal scaffolding to access the ceiling and roof has gone up, the indoor pools have been drained and the external pool hall walls have come down.
In the next couple of weeks our contractors, Naylor Love, will be removing the old pool hall roof to make way for the new transparent roof.
During stage two construction, the 50m outdoor pool and changing rooms are still open to the public for use while the indoor facilities are closed. Check out Rotorua Aquatic Centre’s website here for updates on the outdoor pool.
Stage Two of the revitalisation involves:
- a reclad of the main pool hall, including a transparent roof and a better connection to the outdoor 50m pool area
- relining of the leisure pool and addition of poolside showers
- remodel of the reception space and indoor changing rooms, providing more modern and accessible facilities and family-friendly-spaces
Council began work on the Rotorua Aquatic Centre redevelopment in 2020.
The initial upgrades (Stage One) focused on refurbishment of the 50m outdoor pool and the outdoor changing rooms and these were completed in March 2021.
This next stage (Stage Two) will focus on the revitalisation of the indoor pool hall, reception and indoor changing room area. The indoor facility will be closed for construction until early 2024.
As part of consultation for the 2018-2028 and the current 2021-2031 Long-term Plans, the community told Council that it values the Aquatic Centre as a facility for locals to use and enjoy with clear community feedback supporting the upgrade.
Together, Council and Central Government will contribute $23.45m to Stage Two of the project, with the refurbished facility anticipated to open in early 2024. Rotorua Lakes Council received $8.05million in October 2022 from Central Government. This funding was Rotorua Lakes Council’s entitlement under the Three Waters Reform ‘Better Off’ fund, which Council determined would be used to progress the Aquatic Centre project.
Learn more about the Rotorua Aquatic Centre Revitalisation HERE.