Is the pool open to the public?

Yes - It sure is! Come and visit us - you can just pay for a casual entry (prices here), a 10 visit concession card, and if you love it as much as our members, why not join and enjoy unlimited use of all of the facilities!

Do you have a gym?

YES! We have a fully equipped fitness centre encorporating cardio equipment, weights and machines, free weights, swiss balls, medicine balls, kettlebells....and more! And of course the most knowledgeable staff to help you achieve your goals. Read more about the gym here.

Can I leave my children at the pool?

Lifeguards do a great job of keeping our pools safe, but they are not babysitters.The Pool Alone policy was developed in 1997 (revised in 2002) to provide national consistency within the aquatics industry. The policy provides a recommended code of practice for child supervision and states:
"Children under 8 must be actively supervised by a caregiver 16 or over.
Actively supervised means watching your child at all times, and able to provide immediate assistance" Riverside pool actively enforces this rule.

Are the pools heated?

Yes; the lane pool is heated to 28-29 degrees, the teaching and toddlers pools are about 32-33 degrees and the spa pool is 38 degrees.

What is the best time to swim lanes?

Lanes are usually available most of the time throughout the day (except between 4-5pm weekdays during term time, where we run kids swimming lessons and there may be no spare lanes). We guarantee at least 3 lanes for lane swimming at the following times:







However, during school term time some of the quietest times for swimming can be outside of the lane swimming times, e.g. 11am-12pm, 1.30-3.30pm. These times can be subject to bookings in a few of the lanes, however these bookings dont happen very often. Call us on (03) 546 3221 to find out if there are any bookings when you plan to visit. If there are no bookings you will generally enjoy the peace and tranquility of a lovely quiet pool!

Click here for our lane pool availability guide

Click here for the school term dates this year.

What activities are there for kids?

Riverside Pool is a great place for the whole family! Check out the Swimmagic Swimschool for swimming lessons for babies from 6 months old all the way up to adults.

We also have some AWESOME giant inflatable aquaruns that go up in the pool during the weekends and school holidays at 2pm - a great way to burn off all that excess energy!

There is also a designated play area in the lane pool for kids after school at 3.30-5pm during term time, and there are balls, basketball hoops, floaties etc to play with.

There is a warm toddlers pool for the very little people!

When can kids swim?

Kids are welcome to swim and play during our public swimming sessions:






Children are welcome to attend lane swimming sessions if they are competent lane swimmers.

Can you hold onto my valuables while I use the facility?

Sorry, no. Our staff cannot be held responsible for your possessions - these are your responsibility while you visit the facility. For your security - We provide FREE lockers, just bring your own padlock along with you.

How long is the pool?

The lane pool is 30 metres long, and has 6 lanes.

Do you sell goggles and togs?

Yes - and so much more! We stock a vast range of goggles, ask our staff for a fitting, which is essential to find the perfect pair. We also stock chlorine resistant swimwear, swim caps, nose clips, ear plugs, swim fins, hand paddles, pull buoys, towels, aquajogging belts, headphones, padlocks, snacks, drinks....etc etc! 

Do I have to be a member to attend an Aquafitness class?

No! Everyone is welcome to attend these great classes, and you don't need to book - just come along!

How many free swims do my kids get per term if they are enrolled in lessons?

Children currently enrolled in the Swimmagic Swimschool get 2 free swims to use per term, during term time.

Babies enrolled in the "magic moments" programme are entitled to unlimited swimming through out the term with one caregiver.

Adults enrolled in a block of lessons recieve 2 free swims per block of lessons.

I can't afford swimming lessons, what can I do?

Swimming is one of the most important skills your children can learn, and is the only skill which may one day save their life. We understand that sometimes paying for lessons can be difficult. We have easy pay options available where you can spread the cost of lessons over 12 weeks and pay from just $10.83 per week, per child. (10% discount if 3 or more children are booked in). Check out the payment options page for more information.


If you have any other questions - we are always more than happy to answer them! Please send us an email at nelsonaquatics@clmnz.co.nz and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, just pick up the phone and give us a call - (03) 546 3221 - we look forward to hearing from you!