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Arena Aquatics back in action


As part of the maintenance, the toddler pool walrus has had a glow up!

Arena Aquatics is back in action following important maintenance work to ensure this popular facility can continue to be enjoyed by all.

Staff were excited to open the doors to the public again last week after three weeks which had the building full of contractors rather than swimmers.

Much of the maintenance work focused behind the scenes, in the pool plant and filtration areas. The public areas also received a refresh.

Visitors will notice the sauna has had a makeover with a new interior, while enhanced accessibility has also been created for disabled customers with new fit-for-purpose changing rooms, and automatic doors installed into the pool area to allow easier access to the changing facilities for everyone.

“This biennial maintenance work means we can continue to offer a great facility to residents and visitors to Porirua City,” says Porirua City Council Manager Recreation Glenn Quintal.

Out of the more than 358,000 visits to Arena Aquatics and Cannons Creek Pool in the year to 30 June, more than 275,000 of those visits were to Arena Aquatics. Of that number, more than 100,000 visitors were under 16 years old.

“Thanks for everyone’s patience while Arena Aquatics was undergoing maintenance,” says Glenn. “We know it is a popular destination for so many Porirua residents.”

To celebrate Arena Aquatics’ reopening, we are inviting tamariki to enter a drawing competition, where they can draw themselves and their whānau enjoying a dip in the toddlers’ pool. There will be swim passes and other goodies up for grabs – keep an eye on the Council Facebook page for more details.

To find out more about what Arena Aquatics has to offer, entry fees and opening hours, visit

15 Aug 2023