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New Aquatic Facility Project

Napier’s new aquatic facility is going to be built on the corner of Tamatea Drive and Prebensen Drive. This will be a fantastic new facility for everyone to enjoy. We are making huge improvements in all areas. There will be more pool space for people learning to swim, more play space for very young children, more lanes for swimmers, water walkers and aqua-aerobicists, along with better accessibility.

The design is based on Christchurch’s QEII aquatic complex, but it has been adapted to suit the needs of our local communities.

Napier City Council is working closely with groups and clubs who will be using the facility to ensure their needs are addressed in the detailed design work. Iwi and residents close to the locality are also being closely consulted.

More detailed information about this project, including a fly-through video of the high-level design, is on Napier City Council's website.

Size of new pools

This graphic illustrates the increased capacity of the new pools. 

Pool size comparison

Some facts about the new aquatic facility

  • The 25m x 25m lane pool will be larger than Onekawa’s Ivan Wilson and the Old Pool combined
  • The learn to swim pool will be larger than all Onekawa’s learn to swim pools combined and it's larger than the Ivan Wilson Pool
  • The leisure pool will be available no matter what the time of day
  • The warm water exercise pool is big enough for 50 rugby players at once (3 m2 each)
  • A bus stop is planned to stop inside the facility’s car park (off street)
  • The entry fee will be the same as Onekawa
  • It will have 'Gold standard’ accessibility for people with disabilities and physical challenges

Other features of the new facility

  • 2 Hydroslides (one for raft/inner-tubes, one body only)
  • 32-35 person (6.5m x 6m) spa pool
  • A café – accessible from inside and also externally for customers who don’t want to pay to enter the facility
  • Birthday party room
  • Outdoor play areas
  • Gymnasium and spin room.

The gym is targeted at people of all levels of fitness, particularly those who might be new to exercise and physical activity. The gym will have a focus on being inclusive and accessible for all, for example, group fitness activities for special needs users.

Opening hours

Hours of operation will be very similar to Onekawa, which is 6am to 9pm on weekdays, 9am-6pm Saturdays and 10am – 6pm on Sundays.

Entry Fee

The entry fee for all aquatic activities will be the same as the fees at the Onekawa pools.


The entrance will be on Tamatea Drive. An on-site parking lot will have parking for around 180-200 vehicles. This will include special needs parking and parking for young families. This compares to 69 car parks at Onekawa. If needed, cars will be able to park on the grass area to the rear of the facility.  There will be capacity to accommodate up to 500 vehicles in exceptional circumstances such as a major swimming competition.

Public transport

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are in charge of bus routes in Napier. Discussion is underway with the Regional Council to provide a bus stop to the facility  once it is opened - off-street, right outside the entrance. The nearest bus stop to the existing Napier Aquatic Centre is 500 metres away.

Further information

For further information about this project, please visit Napier City Council's website.

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