Swimming Pool

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Swimming Pool

The Norman Kirk Memorial Swimming Pool is a memorial to former Prime Minister Norman Kirk, who was born in Waimate. The pool was opened in November 1978 and is located at the south end of Queen Street.


It is a six-lane pool, and is 34 metres long. It is open-air and heated to an average temperature between 24°C and 29°C. Between 10,000 and 12,000 people enjoy swimming at the pool each year.

A number of groups, social clubs and organisations hire the pool from time to time.

Opening Hours

The pool is open from October to March.

Monday to Friday 6.30am to 5pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 12pm to 5pm


Adult $4
Child $2
Family Season Ticket (two adults, two children) $170
Adult Concessions - 20 swims $70
Child Concessions - 20 swims $35

* There is no charge for preschool children or people 80 years and over.


Lane swimming is offered, primarily during the week when the pool opens at 6.30am. For entertainment we have a huge inflatable crocodile and other toys popular with children.


The pool has a canteen, there is plenty of seating, a grassed area, and a barbeque area. The toddlers paddling pool is shaded.

Learn to Swim

The pool is well supported by the Waimate Amateur Swimming Club who teach children to swim and also organise swimming competitions and other fun events.