Parnell Baths - NZ Landmark
The development of the historical Parnell sea saltwater swimming baths dates back to 1880s. Over the years, Parnell Baths has encouraged sea swimming in the Auckland community.
Parnell Baths was amongst the new buildings established during the early 1900s that were thought suitable for a sophisticated and civilised city. Parnell Baths has become nationally known as Auckland's premier outdoor public swimming facility, providing the perfect location for a hot 'Kiwi' summer's day.
History of Parnell Baths
In the years that followed patrons from all of Auckland and New Zealand visited Parnell Baths with large hydro slides installed in 1982 then removed in 1986. Possible closures prevented by a swell of community support and plans for redevelopment put forward and then retracted.
Parnell Baths was again upgraded in 2002 focusing on reinstating the heritage of the building with colour and refurbishments in line with the heritage era of the building.
2013 saw two big changes to Parnell Baths with the foot bridge connecting Tamaki Drive to Point Resolution rebuild and also free swimming for under 16s introduced by Auckland Council.
The one consistent for Parnell Baths is the connection it has with the community who use it for training for triathlon or ocean swims, those who swim for fitness and leisure and families making memories at Parnell Baths.
To find out more about Parnell’s history you can purchase Parnell Baths: a jewel in Auckland’s crown by Joanne Boileau and Sue Monk at Parnell Baths Reception during the summer season.