Thames Centennial Pool

The pool is operating under Level 1 restrictions.

Bookings are not required under Level 1 however please be aware there will be limited pool lane space during Learn to Swim Lessons and Squad Training. Phone the pool on 07 8688441 for more information.

*Please be aware that the dome will not be going up over the pool again as when it was inspected it was deemed no longer usable. The pool temperature will remain 28 degrees all winter.

Public Opening Hours

  • Monday             6am  -  6pm
  • Tuesday            6am  -  6pm
  • Wednesday       6am  -  6pm
  • Thursday           6am  -  6pm 
  • Friday                6am  -  6pm 
  • Saturday           CLOSED
  • Sunday             10am  -  5pm  

When we are at Alert Level 2  lane bookings are essential - please phone 07 868 8441 to make a booking.

During Level 2 Public swimming would be from 6am to 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays it would be 8am to 3pm.

Entering the Facility

All patrons must enter through the main gate on Mackay Street. The back gate and car parking area is for staff only.

Please do not enter the facility if you are feeling unwell.

Contact Tracing

There is a QR code on the kiosk window where you enter the pool complex, we encourage you to use this. Alternatively when you enter the facility staff will ask you to provide your name and contact details. 

Change Room Facilities

Full change room facilities are available.

Squad Training

Our Squad training is operating. Please email Thames Swimming Club at for more information. There will be limited public pool space available during squad training.

Learn to Swim

Our Learn to Swim programme is underway. There will be limited public pool space available during Learn to Swim lessons.


Our Aqua-aerobic classes are up and running.

Monday evening  -  6.15pm-7.15pm (ph pool on 07 8688441 to check if on over winter)

Tuesday & Thursday mornings  -  11am-12pm 

About the Pool

The 25m, heated, Council-staffed facility has a growing reputation for producing some of the country’s best competitive juniors with youngsters who’ve moved through the lessons now attending squad training.

Thames Centennial Pool staff are making a huge splash with the facility drawing record numbers of bathers and a contingent of swimmers graduating from the team’s Learn-to-Swim and Academy training into junior national competitions and even on to the Olympic Games.

With alumni like Helena Gasson making waves on the world stage and breaking New Zealand records, it is hardly surprising young swimmers are working hard to swim through the ranks and follow her stellar example.

The facility offers a range of learn to swim and training opportunities as well as ensuring space for relaxation and a bit of fun.

Follow the links below for more information on our Learn to Swim, Academy and Fun and Fitness programmes at the pool.

Learn to Swim


Fitness and Fun

Swimming NZ Gold Certification

In February 2019, Swimming New Zealand accredited Thames Centennial Pool's Swim Cool Swim School with Gold status, their highest certification.

This means that our pool delivers to the highest possible standards within the Swimming New Zealand structure. Our pool's programmes, regulatory and safety standards are of the highest level in the country. Not every pool that offers swimming lessons has Swimming NZ accreditattion, so this is a positive reflection on the high quality of the swimming instruction.

In late 2018, Thames Centennial Pool reached Bronze certification and soon after the swim school  jumped Silver to go straight to Gold. 

Thames Centennial Pool Swimming NZ Gold Certification 2019

Thames Centennial Pool Swimming NZ Bronze Certification Oct 2018

Our pool also scored a coup in early 2019 with a grant of $8,000 worth of life-saving equipment donated by Boat Safety New Zealand. This gear, including the boat and life vests pictured below, has now been incorporated into swim lessons to teach water safety and life-saving skills.

Thames Centennial Pool staff delighted with life-saving equipment donated by Boat Safety New Zealand.

Photo: Thames Centennial Pool staff are delighted with life-saving equipment donated by Boat Safety New Zealand.

Contact us:

105 Mackay Street, Thames, 07 868 8441


All fees and charges are inclusive of GST. 

Note: Other charges may be included in the price list throughout the year as new programmes are developed. These can be found on the Thames Centennial Pool website ( - Services A to Z - Thames Centennial Pool) and at the Centennial Pool complex.

Swimming Pools - Thames Centennial PoolUnits2020/2021
Admission Fees:   
Adult 1 swim $4.50
Child / Students / Senior Citizen 1 swim $3.50
Pre-schoolers 1 swim $1.00
Family - 2 Adults, 2 Children (children 5yr -15yrs) 1 swim $10.50
Admission Concession Cards:
Adult Concessions:
10 swim concession 10 swims $37.00
30 swim concession 30 swims $102.00
60 swim concession 60 swims $194.00
Child / Student / Senior Citizen Concessions:  
10 swim concession 10 swims $28.00
30 swim concession 30 swims $78.00
60 swim concession 60 swims $148.00
(*Excludes all levels of LTS, Squad,
Lane/Pool hire).
Unlimited use $1,000.00
Learn To Swim (LTS):
Fees for LTS must be paid in advance and are non-refundable.   
One child 10 lessons $75.00
Two children 10 lessons $140.00
Three children 10 lessons $200.00
Intensive Holiday Block Lessons
8 lessons (to be confirmed)
$60.00 (to be confirmed)

Aquarobics per person 1 session $4.50
10 sessions $40.00

Pool/Lane Hire:   
Lane Hire 1 hour $50.00
Pool hire. - (Non-school) ½ day (up to 3 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
1 day (up to 8 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
Pool hire. - (School) ½ day (up to 3 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
1 day (up to 8 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
Hire: Pool Toy (includes Lifeguard cover) Flat rate - up to 3 hours $220.00
Flat rate - up to 8 hours $400.00


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Community Swimming Pools

The Thames Centennial Pool is a Council-staffed facility however, we also support three fantastic community swimming pools located in Mercury Bay, Whangamatā and Coromandel Town. While we’re surrounded by the ocean as an option to cool off, our community pools offer a safe, fun alternative and are worth jumping into over summer. Click here for more information.