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Last reviewed: Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre

Welcome to Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre, a modern recreation and aquatic facility.

The fitness centre is well equipped with a wide range of cardio and weight gear, a group fitness studio, spin studio and mind/body room.

Photo of Exterior of Pioneer Pool

Latest news

  • Want to know the best time to train at the fitness centre or use the pool? See the latest fitness usage data by clicking here or view the permanent main pool bookings here

For more details & further updates please see the Recreation & Sport Notices page.

Photo of Parent and Child in Pioneer pool at Bubbletimes
Photo of Pioneer Fitness Centre
Photo of Pioneer Stadium
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Pioneer offers a wide variety of facilities:

  • Indoor 25m lane pool
  • Wave pool including lazy river & bubble pits
  • Spa, sauna & steam room
  • Fitness centre & spin studio
  • Indoor stadium
  • Free public WiFi access

For more detailed information on the above facilites, please see the sport & recreation facilites page.

Our range of recreation programmes and fitness classes is suitable for both casual visitors and members for a fun active way to get healthy. Check out our weekly group fitness timetable. Our popular pre-schoolers class 'Tumbletimes', runs regularly during Term time, see the Recreation programmes page for more information on this casual fun pre-school gym class.

Please see our fees and charges page for costs on casual admission prices. Our memberships are great value for regular users.

Swimsmart aquatic programmes including learn to swim classes are also held at Pioneer and cater for a full range of ages and levels of ability.

For latest information and updates please see our notices

At Pioneer we provide other services including the Pioneer Early Learning Centre, Southern Centre multi sensory experience, Plunge Café, Physio South, Canterbury Volleyball, stadium court hire and meeting room hire.

Opening hours


  • Monday - Friday, 5:30am - 9:30pm
  • Weekends and public holidays, 7am - 8pm
  • ANZAC day, 1pm - 8pm

Fitness Centre

  • Monday - Thursday, 5:30am - 9:30pm
  • Fridays 5:30am - 8pm
  • Weekends and public holidays, 7am - 7pm
  • ANZAC day, 1pm - 7pm

Wave Pool Operating Hours

  • Monday - Friday, 5.30pm - 9pm
  • Weekends and public holidays, 1.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Standard School holidays Monday - Friday, 1.30pm - 9pm

We are open 364 days of the year, and only closed on Christmas day, 25th December. 

Want to know the best time to come and train and the fitness centre? See the latest Usage Data by clicking here.

Southern Centre

Photo of child playing at Southern Centre

The Southern Centre Sensory Room is located on the first floor at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre.

The Southern Centre uses innovative lighting and sound technology with allows participants to explore and create at the touch of a switch. It is a unique facility with the ability to cater for the needs of the individual and empowers the particpant/s to choose their own environment, make changes and control their leisure time.  

For Southern Centre opening hours and further information please see the website:

Floor Plan

Pioneer Floor Plan

Pioneer Floor Plan

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Directions and Virtual Tour

Photo of Pioneer Learn to Swim Teach pool

Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre is located at 75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield, next to Centennial Park.

Virtual Tour

Click here to view the virtual tour of Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre

Public transport

The Orbiter Bus stops right outside, on Lyttelton street.


There are 256 parking spaces available  (including disability and 10 minute).


Cycle stands are available right outside the entrance.

Photo of family in Pioneer pool

Contact us

75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield
PO Box 73033
Christchurch 8154
Phone: (03) 941 6888
Swimsmart Phone: (03) 377 7690
Swimsmart email:
Fax: (03) 941 7029




Authorising Unit: Recreation and Sport

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Next review: Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Keywords: pioneer, recreation centre, recreational facilities, sports