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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, sauna and Waves Cafe – all indoors and with free off-street car parking.



  • Mon Oct 10 to Fri 14: Swimming clubs start.
  • Fri Oct 14: Friday Night Waterpolo starts from 3.30pm to 6pm and 7.30pm to 9pm.
  • Fri Fri Oct 2: Orca Labour Weekend Swim Meet. 50m main pool and hydroslide closed 5pm to 8pm.
  • Sat Oct 22: Orca Labour Weekend Swim Meet. 50m main pool and hydroslide closed 7.30am to 12.30pm and 4.30pm to 8pm.
  • Sun Oct 23: Orca Labour Weekend Swim Meet. 50m main pool and hydroslide closed 8.30am to noon and 2.30pm to 6pm.
  • Mon Oct 24: Labour Day. Pool open 11am to 4pm.


  • Sun Nov 6: Foster Kids Fun Day, 10am to 2pm.
  • Sat Nov 12: Murihiku Swim Meet. 50m main pool, hydroslide and learners’ pool closed
    2pm to 7pm.
  • Thu Nov 17: Special Olympics Swimming. Shallow end of the main pool closed from 9am to 1pm.


Normal hours

50m 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 (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)
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 and Sunday 8am to 8pm
Public holidays 11am to 4pm

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 updated Ministry of Education website)

Fitness classes

Splash Palace is now able to offer more aquatic classes!

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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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