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Olympic pool

Gisborne Olympic pool complex is located on Centennial Marine Drive opposite Midway Beach.

The current complex has: 
♦ 50m - 7 lane pool  
♦ therapy pool - indoor heated 
♦ 33m outdoor pool (opens Labour weekend) 
♦ dive pool with diving boards (opens Labour weekend) 
♦ 98m hydro-slide (closed until Christmas) 
♦ outdoor toddlers pool with slide (opens Labour weekend) 
♦ BBQ facilities and grounds - closed includes no large group bookings during construction.  

For information about what's on phone 867 6220 or email olympicpool@gdc.govt.nz 

Pool complex redevelopment

The new pool complex redevelopment project is underway and the pool complex will remain open throughout construction so you have access to a pool. See the project for more information about the rebuild 

Pool opening hours   

Summer hours - 1 September to 30 April Open
Monday - Sunday 6am - 8pm 
Public Holidays 8am - 6pm
Winter hours - 1 May to 31 August Open
Monday - Friday 6am - 8pm
Saturday - Sunday 8am - 6pm
Public Holidays 8am - 6pm

Lane allocation timetable

We have 14 lanes but from Monday to Friday between 3.30pm - 6.30pm some lanes are booked for training.
Visit the lane availability page


Admission Price
adult swim - casual $4.60
child, student (with ID), senior citizen (65+) - casual $3.50
under 2yrs - swimmer nappy required Free
spectator $1.80
aqua fitness class - general $7
Concession cards Price
adult swim - 20 visits $82.70
child, student, senior citizen swim - 20 visits $58.70
aqua fitness, senior citizen 65+ - 10 sessions  $55.00
Facilities Price
hydro-slide pass $5.20
Therapy pool $5.70
Swim and therapy pool - day pass  
adult admission + $3.50
child, student, senior citizen admission + $3.50
Comet swim club members training session  
special admission fee for registered members  

Schedule of Olympic Pool Fees [PDF, 458 KB] 

About swipe cards

  • $3.70 to purchase a swipe card
  • swipe cards are for regular pool users
  • swipe cards that are not used for more than 6 months become invalid
  • invalid swipe cards cannot be reactivated and will be deleted from the system - there are no refunds on funds

BBQ facilities - currently closed


The history of our pool complex

1974 - opening of the Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex

1983 - 98m hydroslide added

1992 - bbq and entertainment areas developed

1994 - toddlers pool slide added

1995 - main pool - canopy structure – commencement of all year use

1996 - spa and therapy hot pools installed

1997 - ‘bulkhead’ pool divider installed in main pool

1999 - alterations to administration block

2002 - new children's playground installed

2002 - major repairs to fix leaks in 50m pool

2007 - establishment of group accommodation (8 bunk bed cabins) and renovation of Churchill Park camping ground facilities

2007 - Gisborne earthquake caused some damage to outdoor pools

2008 - Olympic Pool joins ACC PoolSafe Quality Management Scheme and is accredited with ‘PoolSafe’ status

2009 - leaking pools repaired (earthquake damage)

2009 - installed 4 designated BBQ areas

2010 - installed new 400kW wood chip boiler for pool water heating (replacing gas boiler)

2010 - Whanau Fun Day event attended to by 2000+ people

2011 - PoolAlone project initiated (dealing with unsupervised children at the pool complex)

2012 - renovation of pool canopy structure

2014 - upgraded the filtration system to improve water quality. Shade sails and canopy installed.

The Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex is a true community pool; many great fundraising efforts were held in the community and donations were made by various trusts and groups, which greatly assisted Council to establish this facility in 1974.

Like many other public pools in New Zealand, our facility was build in the early 1970s as an outdoor facility, to be used for the summer season only and shut down in winter.

Over the years, the demands for aquatic activities grew and new facilities were added.

Today, over 150,000 visits to the facility are recorded every year.