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Splash Palace

Drive up, jump out, dive in! The Southland Aquatic Centre – Splash Palace – is one of the top public pool facilities in New Zealand. The indoor aquatic centre is within walking distance of the central business district and close to a large selection of motels and parks. The facility includes a 50m x 8 lane sports pool with a bulkhead, a leisure pool with waves and sprays, a tots’ pool and a learners’ pool. There is also a water slide, spa pool, steam room and a cafe – all indoors and with free off-street car parking.



  • March 14 (Saturday): Swim Southland Ribbon Day. Deep end of main pool closed 4pm to 8pm. No Aqua jogging space or Hydroslide during this time.
  •  March 22 (Sunday):  AMP Kids Tryathlon. 50m main pool closed 9.30am to 10.30am
  •  March 22 (Sunday) to March 25 (Wednesday): South Island Waterpolo Tournament.
    The deep end of the main pool & Hydroslide will be closed the following times:
    Sunday 12pm – 8pm, Monday 8am – 8pm, Tuesday 8am – 8pm and Wednesday 8am – 3.30pm
    No Lane swimming or Aqua Jogging space available the following times:
    Monday 11am – 7.30pm, Tuesday 9am – noon and 1pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 9am – noon and 1pm – 3.30pm
  •  March 29 (Sunday): Junior and Senior Schools Swimming Champs. Deep end of main pool closed 8am to noon and 1pm to 5pm.


  • April 3 (Good Friday): POOL CLOSED
  •  April 6 (Easter Monday): Pool open 11am to 4pm
  •  April 7 (Tuesday, Southland Anniversary Day): Pool open 11am – 4pm
  •  April 7 (Tuesday): NZ Synchronised Swimming team until May 10
  •  April 18 (Saturday): Swim Southland Long Course Swim meet. 50m main pool closed 3.30pm to 8pm (Hydroslide closed during this time).
  •  April 19 (Sunday): Triathlon. 50 main pool closed 9.45am to 11am.
  •  April 25 (Saturday, Anzac Day): Pool open 11am to 4pm
  • April 27 (Monday, Anzac Day Observance): Pool open 11am to 4pm

Aqua classes

Check the Aqua classes timetable for Aquarobics (medium intensity), Zumba (challenging water-based workout) and 50s Forward (low to medium intensity).

Hours (see Easter and Anzac hours above)

50m main pool, swirl pool and sauna
Monday to Friday       5.30am to 9pm
Saturday                   6am to 8pm
Sunday                     8am to 8pm
Public Holidays        11am to 4pm
NOTES: Adults only in the swirl pool and sauna. Between 3.30pm to 9pm on weekdays there may be limited space due to aquatic sports clubs bookings.

Leisure Pool
Monday to Friday 6am to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am to 8pm

Leisure Pool Waves, Sprays and Waterslide
Monday to Friday        3.45pm to 5pm, 7.30pm to 9pm
Saturday, Sunday       11am to 4.30pm, 6.30pm to 8pm
Learners’  Pool
Saturdays                   1pm to 4pm
Sundays                    11am to 4pm
School holidays            1pm to 4pm
Note For school holiday hours, activities and learn-to-swim classes ask at reception or check these pages.  The hours above may change from time to time due to special events, bookings and occasional maintenance closures.


School holiday dates

Check the school holiday dates (link is to the Ministry of Education website)

Contact Splash Palace

Get in touch with Splash Palace in a way that suits you: website, phone, Facebook or pop in to see us – there’s no charge for parking!

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Swim School

Splash Palace offers swimming lessons and classes for babies, pre-schoolers, school aged children and adults, – and school holiday classes.

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Entry Conditions

The Splash Palace staff want everyone to have an enjoyable visit in a safe facility; accordingly, certain entry terms and conditions apply.

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Splash Palace fees, charges

The spectator charge applies to swim events only and does not apply to parents or caregivers watching their children during swim classes etc.

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