The South Waikato Indoor Swimming Pool Complex was built in 1995 and officially opened on 11 February 1996. The doors did however, really open in December 1995!
This pool complex consists of a main 25 metre by 13.3 metre pool with six lanes. However, provision for eight lanes is provided through extra lane anchors. The depth of the main pool varies from 1.05 metres to 2.2 metres. A tiered leisure pool with graduated depths up to a maximum depth of 0.9 metres consists of a sloping beach entry, waterfalls and bubble jets. There is also a hot spa and exercise spa pool adjacent to one another. The main pool is heated to 28 degrees during winter, the leisure pools are 30 degrees while the spa pool is a relaxing 39 degrees! Other facilities include a community room, a children's outdoor play area and BBQ and picnic surrounds adjacent to the building.
Fees and Charges can be accessed here.
Pools opening hours can be accessed here.
The South Waikato Indoor Swimming Pool Complex offers a wide range of programmes and activities which are designed for everyone's fun and enjoyment.
- Learn to Swim
- Adult Learn to Swim
- Swim Academy
- Water Woggle classes
- Water exercise classes for all
- Free electric barbecue facilities
- Lane swimming
More details on our swim programmes can be found here.
This pool complex was largely paid for by ratepayers through Council. However, some $280,000.00 of the total cost of $2.4 million was funded by community fundraising.
There are a number of procedures in place to ensure the pools can be enjoyed safely:
- The entry policy and supervision standards are in accordance with: Pool Safe, ACC Think Safe, Water Safety NZ and the Recreation Association of NZ
- Chemical Handling Procedures from ORICA, a chemical supplier, are strictly adhered to
- All other policies and procedures have been reviewed and adopted internally. These include an evacuation procedure, behaviour policy, opening/closing procedure, cash handling procedures and health and safety guidelines.
The Pools team are fortunate to have a defibrillator on site for emergencies. This was kindly donated by Lions. Defibrillation is the treatment of life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, specifically ventricular fibrillation (VF) and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia (VT). The device delivers a dose of electric current (often called a countershock) to the heart.
- Weekdays: 6.00am - 7.45pm
- Saturday: 7.30am - 6.00pm
- Sunday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
- Public Holidays: 10.00am-6.00pm
- Closed: Christmas Day, Good Friday. Opens at 12noon on New Year's Day and Anzac Day
Call us today on 07 885 0739 or email
Come in and visit us at Roslin Street, Tokoroa 3420
The Solar Heating System
If you're a regular at the South Waikato Indoor Pools, you may like to know that the shower you take after your swim is solar heated. The solar panels which are visible on the roof of the Indoor Pool complex, heat two separate systems, the two family changing rooms and the main male and female changing block. Solar heating has been in place since 2007 with EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) providing 50% of the funding. The payback period was six and a half years so the solar heating system has long since paid for itself and ratepayers are reaping the cost efficiencies every year.
Council reminds the community that it has waived building consent fees for installing solar heating in homes.
Check out our new swimming programme for the South Waikato Indoor Heated Pools for 2024!
*Please note Learn to Swim runs Monday-Thursday 3pm-6.30pm and Saturday morning 8am-10.30am and occupies half of the leisure pool and one lane of the main pool.
During term time, school swimming sessions for water safety may be scheduled at the pools from Monday to Friday, between 9.15am and 2.15pm. We kindly ask you to contact us in advance to confirm the availability of spaces before attending.
Our timid sessions provide the opportunity to swim widths (11m) instead of the 25m length. They’re aimed at those who are just starting out after lessons or who lack confidence in the main pool. With swimming instructors on hand, these sessions are a safe space to build confidence and improve on a vital like skill. Additionally, these sessions can help adults overcome fear or anxiety related to swimming, enhance fitness levels and open fosters a sense of accomplishment that can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Our ladies only swimming sessions will provide a comfortable and supportive environment for women who prefer privacy, cultural considerations, or simply a space to exercise without any concerns. These sessions often promote inclusivity, confidence building and a sense of community among women.
Splishy, splashy fun with the inflatables. Aqua Splash is a session for children 8yrs and over, who are confident in deep water. Come and challenge yourself on the inflatable wipe out slide. Join along for a splashing good time! (Children attending will need to complete a swim test to assess that they are confident in deep water.)
Swimming for seniors offers various benefits, including
low-impact exercise that’s gentle on joints, improves cardiovascular health, enhances muscle strength and aids
in flexibility. Senior swimming sessions often provide a supportive environment, fostering social connections and promoting mental well-being alongside physical fitness.
Adults-only swimming sessions offer a serene and focused environment for adults to exercise, unwind and socialise. Perfect if you want to swim uninterrupted lengths for fitness or relaxation. It can also cater to specific needs like fitness training, therapeutic exercises or simply providing a more relaxing atmosphere for adult swimmers. Half the pool will be divided into lanes to accommodate all abilities and the other half will be open for social swimming or exercise.
South Waikato Indoor Heated Pools Programme Update FAQs
After careful consideration, we've noticed that the 5:30 AM slot has seen lower attendance. Starting Monday 12 February, we are adjusting our morning hours to better match the community's attendance and ensure a worthwhile experience for everyone, including our hardworking staff. We understand changes can be inconvenient, and we genuinely appreciate your understanding as we strive to make the most efficient use of our resources.
This development stems from a thorough community consultation conducted last August and September. We consistently receive valuable feedback from the community, emphasizing their desire for a structured program and a clear understanding of the optimal times for their attendance at the pools.
During adult/ladies sessions, we allocate four lanes for serious swimmers, along with a designated area for those seeking a more social swimming experience. For timid sessions, an open-width swimming format is adopted, with a dedicated instructor available to provide guidance and advice. Both spa pools are accessible and operational during these sessions.
These sessions are exclusively reserved for our targeted customers. Please be advised that our staff will be conducting cleaning activities during these sessions, and while we strive to accommodate preferences, we cannot guarantee the availability of an all-female crew on deck for the ladies-only sessions. Your understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.
There is no additional cost associated with these sessions; however, it is important to note that they adhere strictly to the advertised timeframes.
There is a reduction in usage. Additionally, this period allows for topping up the pool with fresh water, which serves to lower the temperature, and facilitates the cleaning process.