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Last reviewed: Fri, 19 Dec 2014


News and updates from the Recreation and Sport facilities including closures, postponements and new services.

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General Updates

  • Recreational/leisure swimming will be available in the Graham Condon 25m pool from the 15th December - 12pm to 3pm (12pm to 5pm from the 22nd December). Come and try out the new inflatable pool toys!
  • Pioneer main stadium is closed for maintenance from 17th December to 10th January (the lounge den and lookout rooms are closed from 17th December to 7th January).
  • Jellie Park spa, steam room and sauna facilities will be unavailable from the evening of Monday 26th January through to the afternoon of Thursday 29th January 2015 due to scheduled maintenance. 


Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Christmas is fast approaching which means some slightly altered opening hours for the Christmas/New Year period.

The Christmas/New Year period runs from 26th December - 4th January inclusive.
Standard public holiday hours (e.g. 7am - 8pm) apply during this period with the following exceptions:

Christmas Eve - Close at 6pm
Christmas Day - Closed
New Years Eve - Close at 6pm (Parklands 2pm)
New Years Day - Open at 10am
QEII Fitness at Parklands has slightly different hours, please click here to view .

Normal hours will resume from Monday 5th January 2015.

Please click on the links below for the Christmas Group Fitness timetables that run from the 15th of December to the 11th of January. 

Copies of the timetables are available now at our facilities.

Group Fitness

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Online timetable

We endeavour to make updates to our online timetable for class times and instructors as they come to hand.  If a change occurs on the day of the class, it may not always be possible for this to be updated, e.g. instructor changes due to illness.  If you wish to confirm who is taking a particular class on the day, please phone 941-6888.

Pioneer timetable, Jellie timetable, Graham Condon timetable and QEII at Parklands timetable

Graham Condon

Group Fitness Classes are held in Sports Hall 2 at Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre - Please check with our Customer Service Staff for directions.

View the latest capacity Statistics for each fitness centre

Pioneer, Jellie, Graham Condon, QEII Fitness at Parklands 

Swimsmart & Recreation programme information

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Term Dates

  • Term 4 2014: Monday 13th October to Sunday 21st December.

Holiday Lessons

  • 10th to 23rd January - Graham Condon & Pioneer
  • 26th to 30th January - Jellie Park

Booking Information

See our Swim education and Recreation programmes pages for Term 4 booking dates.

Full payment is required at time of booking. Credit card phone bookings for Recreation programmes can be made by phoning 941-8999. All Swimsmart bookings and enquiries phone 377-7690.

Further general information is available on the Recreation programmes and Swim education pages. Specific class times and dates can be found on our Programmes & classes page.

Pioneer Basketball

Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre are excited to let you know that Canterbury Basketball are now running their After School Hoops Academy at Pioneer.

This is an 8 week programme delivered by pro coaches, you may even rub shoulders with Canterbury Basketball players.  This means registrations are no longer be taken at Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre or via the Christchurch City Council Call Centre. Please contact Canterbury Basketball Hoops Academy for all bookings.

Pool Availability

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As we now have 60% less water space than prior to the earthquake, there are now allocated times for pool-based activities to ensure fairness to all of our user groups. This means there will now be times when lane swimming will be unavailable in some of our pools, or reduced lane availability.

Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre lane swimming

Lane swimming will be available during all our opening hours, however there are times when there will be limited availability: Monday to Friday 3pm - 5.30pm (only 2 lanes available). To view permanent lane bookings for Pioneer main pool please click here (please note this does not include casual or one off bookings).

Graham Condon Recreation & Sport Centre lane swimming

Lane swimming will be available during all our opening hours, however there are times when there will be limited availability. To view permanent lane bookings for Graham Condon 25 metre pool please click here (please note this does not include casual or one off bookings).

From Monday 31st March, leisure space in the 25m Lane pool (normally lane 8), will be unavailable between 3.30pm - 6pm Monday to Thursday, during the school term.

Leisure space in the 25m pool will continue to be available on Fridays between 3.30-6pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Jellie Park lane swimming

Click on the year to see the dates for all swim meet events at Jellie Park - 2014 / 2015 - during events the sports pool will be unavailable and lane availablity may also be reduced in the recreation pool.

Click here to see the permanent lane bookings.

Lane swimming will be available during the following times:

Sports Pool

  • Monday 7.30am - 3.30pm & 8pm - 9.30pm
  • Tuesday, Friday 7.30am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 5.30am - 3.30pm (2 lanes available 5.30am - 7.30am)
  • Thursday 7.30am - 3.30pm
  • Saturday 9am - 3pm
  • Sunday 7am - 8pm  

Recreation Pool

  • Monday to Friday 5.30am - 9.30pm (limited to 1 or 2 lanes between 3.30pm - 7pm)
  • Saturday 7am - 8.30am (4 lanes), 8.30am - 1pm (1 - 2 lanes) and 1pm - 8pm (5-6 lanes)
  • Sunday 7am - 8pm 

Jellie Park aquajogging

Aquajogging will be available during the following times:

Sports Pool

  • Monday 7.30am - 3.30pm & 8pm - 9.30pm
  • Tuesday, Friday 7.30am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 5.30am - 3.30pm
  • Thursday 7.30am - 3.30pm
  • Saturday 9am - 3pm
  • Sunday 7am - 8pm

See above for swim meet bookings that may affect aquajogging

Graham Condon Recreation & Sport Centre lane swimming & aquajogging

We endeavour to have at least 3 lanes available for public use at all times in our 25 metre 8-lane ramped pool.

Generally more than 3 lanes (the best times to swim) are available:

  • Monday to Friday before 9.30am, between 2.30pm - 6pm, and after 7.30pm
  • Saturday afternoons
  • All day Sunday and Public Holidays

For aquajoggers please note the lane pool has a depth of 1.8m (northern end) graduating to 1.2m (southern end) making aquajogging most suitable at the northern end of this pool.  

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Virtual Tours of our Recreation and Sport Centres

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Cricket World Cup 2015 Volunteer Opportunities

New Zealand is set to co-host the 2015 Cricket World Cup. This is a major sporting event, attracting over a billion TV viewers and a million attendees. 49 matches will be taking place over 44 days.

Christchurch has the honour of hosting the opening game as well as two other matches in February. We are also the only city in New Zealand hosting some of the tournament's warm up games.

To help us deliver a world class event, we are looking for a number of volunteers to work in key roles throughout the tournament.

We are looking for the following requirements:

  • At least 17 years old at time of application;
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy;
  • Undertake and successfully complete security background check(s);
  • Be available to volunteer throughout the Tournament dates as required – must be available for match days in your Host City;
  • Attend a volunteer interview;
  • Complete scheduled training requirements;
  • Attend uniform and accreditation collection.
The final round of volunteer interviews are scheduled to take place in either September or October this year.  To secure a spot, apply now via the volunteer portal.  All role decsriptions are available online.  For any enquiries, please email . 

Authorising Unit: Recreation and Sport

Last reviewed: Friday, 19 December 2014

Next review: Friday, 19 June 2015

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