Thames Centennial Pool

Thames Centennial Pool is operating under Level Two restrictions

Bookings are essential - please phone the Pool on 07 868 8441

There are changes to how the facility will operate under Level 2 as follows:

Public Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -  between 6am and 5pm (lane swimming only)

Wednesday - Between 8am and 5pm (lane swimming only)

Saturday and Sunday - between 10am and 4pm (lane swimming and whanau areas operating)

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.

Contact Tracing

When you enter the facility staff will ask you to provide your name and contact details. These must be provided or you will not be allowed to enter the premises.

Lane swimming

Bookings are for one hour slots. Please note that you must be out of the pool and have vacated the facility within that hour.

All seven lanes will be available and up to three swimmers will be allowed in each lane. You must maintain your distance from any other swimmer in your lane therefore you must not linger at the lane ends or overtake other swimmers.

You will be allocated a lane based on your ability i.e how fast you can swim. If it becomes clear that you are either too fast or too slow for the lane you have been allocated staff will instruct you to change lanes.

Whanau Areas

On Saturdays and Sundays there will be two areas within the pool that will be sectioned off where groups of up to 10 family and/or friends can jump into the water together.

Bookings are for one hour slots. Please note that your group must be out of the pool and have vacated the facility within that hour.

Change Room  Facilities

From Tuesday 2 June full change room facilities will be available. Please continue to exercise social distancing and sanitising regimes.


No pool equipment will be available (e.g. kick boards and noodles) however you are welcome to bring your own.


The dome will not be erected this year. Staff will do their best to keep the water as warm as possible, but it may not be as warm as usual.

Squad Training

Training will re-commence on 2 June 2020. Please contact the Head Coach ( for further details.

Learn to Swim and Aquarobics

It is planned to re-commence these programmes at the beginning of Term Three. Further details will be provided closer to the time.

About the Pool

The 25m, wood burner 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.

"Katrina Price, our Swim School Co-ordinator, has been responsible for the growth of the swim school and put a tremendous amount of work into getting our gold award," Paul Dufty, our Council's Recreation Manager says. "The boat safety resources and program has also been driven by Katrina,” says Mr Dufty. "We deliver to over 350 swimmers per term, plus we have our school holiday lessons. We're at full capacity for our term one swim school (2019) and had to turn some late enrolments away."

"If numbers continue to track the way they are we will look into opening up more classes in the future but this puts pressure on pool space for the general public and squads. We’re outgrowing the current pool,” Mr Dufty says. “The pool staff are doing the best they can with what they have got but are limited to how many people they can deliver to because of the current facility.”

With Thames Centennial Pool needing to be replaced by 2027, we're moving forward with finding a site for the new swimming pool to replace Thames Centennial Pool, with a location at the south end of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield in Thames chosen for further investigation. You can read more about the Thames replacement pool project here.

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

Photo: Thames Centennial Pool staff, including Katrina Price (far left, front, and Paul Dufty, far right) 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 PoolUnits2019/2020
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

Aquarobics Adult 1 session $5.50
10 sessions $50.00
Aquarobics Seniors 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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