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Napier Aquatic Centre RedevelopmentTe whakawhanaketanga o Te Whare Puna Kaukau o Ahuriri

The new aquatic centre will deliver on our vision to be a vibrant and sustainable city for everyone to enjoy, by providing an excellent facility and a public service that supports people’s well-being, now and into the future.


Napier City Council has approved the scope for tender for Napier’s new aquatic facility, to be constructed on the corner of Tamatea Drive and Prebensen Drive.The tender for construction of the landmark Napier development will be advertised in mid-May, and it is anticipated that Council will consider the award of the tender in July. Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 with an opening date in early 2022.

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 for all users.

Napier’s new aquatic facility will deliver on our vision to be a vibrant and sustainable city for everyone to enjoy, by providing an excellent facility and a public service that supports people’s health and well-being, now and into the future.

This will be achieved through:

  • More people being able to participate in aquatic sport and active recreation.
  • Being able to teach more Napier people to be safe and confident in the water.
  • Improved social cohesion.

It will be located near existing cycle and pedestrian pathways which provide good links to neighbourhoods. It will be in a highly visible location with good access for local residents and regionally (via the Expressway).

The site allows for future expansion – whether it be increased user demand or a change in community requirements. It will feature a 25 x 25 metre lap pool with room to expand to 50 metres in future if necessary. 

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, stakeholders, community and user groups, along with nearby residents, are also being closely consulted.

Project Timeline

  • Design and build contract awarded – Mid-2019
  • Design and construction period – Mid-2019 - Late-2021
  • Opening – Early-2022

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