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Wanaka Recreation Centre
Visit the three-pool complex at Wanaka Recreation Centre for family fun, swim lessons, relaxation or to keep fit.
Located at 41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive, our 8-lane 25m lap pool, 20m learners' pool with separate toddlers' area, and adult hot pool is only a quick 5-minute drive from central Wanaka.
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Saturdays & Sundays
ANZAC Day (25 April)
Christmas Day & New Year's Day
*(except ANZAC Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day)
To help you plan your visit in advance, we provide a 'live' online pool timetable to show which lanes are booked and which are available through the day. You can also call us anytime on 03 443 9334 to check how busy the pools are before you set out.
Please note opening hours for our various facilities can change. We do our best to publicise changes in advance or as quickly as possible if they are for unexpected reasons beyond our control.
For up to the minute news on closures or cancellations follow QLDC Sport & Recreation on Facebook. If you are making a special trip it is always worth giving reception a call on 03 443 9334 before you set out.
Choose between our casual rates, or consider a range of membership options to get the best value.
Casual Entry Prices
Pass type Adult Child Senior/ Beneficiary Casual Swim $8.50 $4.00 $5.00 10 x swim pass $75.00 $35.00 $45.00 Toddler Time $7.00 per adult, with up to two toddlers 4 years and under (i.e. under 5) swimming free.
Pre-paid Swim (Concession) Prices
Membership Adult Senior/ Beneficiary Child Family 12 Months $425 $209 $179 $709 6 Months $280 $129 $109 $429 3 Months $189 $79 $59 N/A Join Join Join
Direct debit options (prices are per week)
Memberships Adult Senior/ Beneficiary Child Family 12-Months $10/week $5/week $4/week $17/week 6-Months $12/week $6/week $5/week $20/week Join Join Join Contact Us
For more advice about choosing the best option for you, please give us a call on 03 443 9334 or email email@example.com and a member of our Customer Services team will be happy to talk you through it.
A few notes:
Please note the hot pool is exclusive to those aged 16+ years
With a casual entry pass, you have access to all pools within the facility.
With our memberships you can select whether you'd like to pre-pay up front or pay in installments via direct debit. All swim memberships include free use of all Queenstown Lakes District Council swimming facilities, excluding use of the hydroslides at Alpine Aqualand.
Terms and Conditions
Senior/Beneficiary: 65+ years with ID or holders of a Super Gold or Community Services Card
Child: 5-18 years (ID may be required)
Toddler: 4 years or under
Group Discount: available for advanced bookings only; please enquire at reception
10-visit Swim Card: Valid for 12 months from date of purchase and excludes use of the hydroslides at Alpine Aqualand
Family Memberships: One or more dependent children living with one or two responsible adults (i.e. parents and/or caregivers) at the same address; QLDC reserves the right to request proof of address and other qualifying documents at time of purchase.
Membership Inclusions: All members get free access to all Queenstown Lakes District Council swimming facilities excluding use of the hydroslides at Alpine Aqualand.
Visit the new three-pool complex at Wanaka Recreation Centre for family fun, swim lessons, relaxation or to keep fit. Located at Three Parks (off Ballantyne Road), our 25m, 8-lane lap pool, 20m learners' pool with separate toddlers' area and adult hot pool is only a quick five-minute drive from central Wanaka.
Our custom designed Aqua Bars enable you to have a high intensity workout that is non-weight bearing and low impact. Available at no extra cost, the bars are perfect for rehabilitation exercise, working out when injured and for those who lack water confidence, are elderly or overweight. A specific set of exercises have been developed to help you use the bars effectively. These exercises can be adapted and tailored to suit a specific training or rehabilitation programme.
Change Rooms & Accessibility
Separate male and female change areas are available, containing showers, toilets, baby change tables and hairdryers. We have one self-contained accessible change room and three separate family change rooms. A chair hoist and hand rails are available for entering the pool.
We have a great range of Speedo swim wear, swim caps and goggles available for purchase as well as a small selection of drinks, snacks, sweets and ice-creams.
All children aged 3 and under must wear swim nappies and tight fitting swim wear during their pool visit. The key requirement is that there are two lines of defence - nappy and togs. We recommend Speedo Aqua Nappies, which are eco-friendly and re-usable. They are to be worn with a second layer - either togs or a disposable swim nappy.
You can find aqua nappies at local supermarkets.
For security reasons we recommend leaving your valuables at home where possible. Any items that are left behind or handed into our staff will be kept in lost property as follows:
Valuables - handed to NZ Police after 24 hours
Toiletries - kept for one week and then thrown out
Clothing - kept for one month and then given to the Wanaka Recycle Centre
Socks/Underwear - thrown out at the end of the day
Wanaka Swim School offers:
Qualified, experienced instructors
A positive and comfortable learning environment
Small classes and a friendly, personalised service
Indoor heated swimming pools
Family orientated environment
Intensive Holiday Swim Week programmes.
To view and download the current swim school brochure click here.
To book swim lessons in Wanaka online click here.
For more info please contact us:
Wanaka Swim School
Wanaka Recreation Centre
03 443 9334
About the Programme
QLDC Swim School is located at Wanaka Recreation Centre at Three Parks off Sir Tim Wallis Drive.
Regardless of your age or ability, you can learn the life skill of swimming and water safety with our quality programmes.
Lessons are available everyday during the school term, catering for children as young as six months through to adults. Whether you are new to swimming or wanting to improve your technique, we have a level for you.
If you have any doubt which lesson level you or your child should be in, we will provide you with a free swim assessment.
All children receive certificates of achievement as they progress and reach their goals.
As a Wanaka Swim School member, you can enjoy practicing or splashing about at Wanaka Recreation Centre for two hours prior to your lesson, or as long as you wish for after your lesson.
Holiday Swim Week
For faster progress and great value, consider our intensive Holiday Swim Week programme for your child. Choose one or more weeks each school holiday, with a 30-minute class every weekday morning to suit most abilities.Close