Great outdoor swimming spots and splashpads

Publish Date : 05 Dec 2022
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When the sun is shining and the temperatures are soaring, there's nothing better than cooling off and going for a swim.

Auckland is blessed with a long and beautiful coastline, but you don't have to hit the beach to go for a splash this summer.

Take a look at our list below for some of our great pools and splashpads from across the region:

Pt Erin Pools 

This outdoor facility above Westhaven has welcomed millions of people through its gates over more than 50 years. It features a 33m unheated competition pool, a dive pool, hydroslides, basketball courts, a family spa and grassy areas to spread out.

Pt Erin pools.

Pt Erin pools.

Parnell Baths, Judges Bay 

An Auckland institution, these baths are open only in the warmer months. If you want a taste of the sea (without any of the sand or strange creatures), the 60m salt-water pool is the largest in the country. And if you want a taste of the past, there’s retro charm everywhere.

Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre, Māngere 

With five irregularly shaped outdoor pools, including a 2.6m “bombing” pool, splashpads and hydroslides, there’s something for all ages and abilities. Make a day of it and take a picnic to enjoy on the grass.

Moana Nui a Kiwa Pools in Māngere.

Moana Nui a Kiwa Pools in Māngere.

Lagoon Pool

Dive into the ultimate summer experience at Lagoon Pool. Enjoy the Slide, Dive and Run activities that run daily, as well as a spacious outdoor area. If you fancy cooking up a storm there are barbeques to hire! Out for a more chill day? Then check out the onsite cafe.

Splash pads 

Splash pads provide a safe place for kids of all ages and abilities to play in water and cool off over summer. Stanmore Bay’s pad was set up at Brightside Road as part of a joint venture between ANZ and Auckland Council, as was the splash pad at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga. Located alongside traditional playgrounds and landscaped picnic areas, they feature tipping water buckets, mist sprayers, elevated structures, water cannons and fountains.

Other great splash pads across the region include Potters Park in Balmoral, Myers Park in the city centre, a large outdoor splash pad at Tōia Ōtāhuhu Pool and Leisure Centre, and the Waterview Reserve playground while water play facilities are dotted across the region. 

Ōtāhuhu splashpad.

Ōtāhuhu splashpad.

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