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Last reviewed: Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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, with an aerobic studio, spin studio and circuit room.

Latest news

  • After school Basketball registrations for Term 2 2014 will no longer be taken at Pioneer. Canterbury Basketball will now be running their After School Hoops Academy at Pioneer from Term 2 2014.  To book into the Canterbury Basketball Hoops Academy for Term 2, please click here to view more information.
  • Annual Customer survey - if you would like to let us know how we're going, then complete our online survey:
  • ANZAC day, Friday 25th April, we will be closed in the morning and open from 1pm.
  • The Draft Annual Plan is open for consultation until 22nd April. There have been proposals relating to the Recreation and Sport Centres that may affect you and the consultation process is your chance to give feedback via online submission form on these proposals. Pages 5 and 6 of the Summary Document relate to Recreation and Sport Centres.
  • Techinque week is coming to our fitness centre 28th April - 2nd May. Twice a day Monday, Wednesday & Friday we'll be taking you through Cable Pulley - Push and Pull Technique. Talk to anyone from our fitness team for more information.
  • The wave machine in the Leisure Pool is out of action until further notice
  • Want to know the best time to train at the fitness centre or use the pool? See the latest 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 Pioneer Stadium.

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

Photo of Pioneer Spin Studio


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

Fitness Centre

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

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

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.

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: Thursday, 17 April 2014

Next review: Friday, 17 October 2014

Keywords: pioneer, recreation centre, recreational facilities, sports