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New Aquatic Facility – practical details

How much is it? When is it open? How do I get there? Find out all the practical detail about opening hours, entry fees and transport links to our new aquatic facility which will be built on the corner of Tamatea and Prebensen Drive.

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

When will the new complex open (and what will the slides look like)?

We're aiming for the pool to be built and ready to go by early-2022. It will be an impressive facility with exciting twin hydroslides. They will be similar in scale to the picture below, but the design will be different, the colour too (they'll certainly be more muted than these ones!).

Opening hours and entry fee

Hours of operation will be very similar to the existing facility, which are 6am to 9pm on weekdays, 9am-6pm Saturdays and 10am – 6pm on Sundays.

The entry fees for all aquatic activities will be the same as the fees at the current complex.

Public transport and car parking

An on-site parking lot will be accessed from Tamatea Drive (likely to be a 50 km/h zone). It will have parking for around 200 vehicles. This will include special needs and designated parking for young families.

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.

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.

There are also iWay cycle paths in four directions that lead to this location.

Polin Hydroslide

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