Metro Sports Facility, Taiwhanga Rehia, will be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand, accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan identified the need for a world-class venue and centre of sporting excellence, accessible to people of all ages, abilities and sporting skills. The Metro Sports Facility will provide an aquatic and indoor recreation and sport facility catering for the day-to-day needs of the leisure, sporting, recreational, education and high performance sporting communities in Canterbury.

The complex will be well equipped to host local, national and international events. The Metro Sports Facility will sit within Moorhouse Avenue, Stewart Street, St Asaph Street and Antigua Street. It will be easy to get to by public transport, private vehicles and the new walking and cycling links through the central city.

On 28 March 2019, it was announced that the $221 million contract to build the Metro Sports Facility has been awarded to CPB Contractors Limited. Read more on Newsline.(external link) Construction is set to begin in May 2019.

Construction of the facility will be managed by Ōtākaro Limited, and construction will be jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion. It is expected to open in early 2022.


  • 10 lane, 50 metre competition pool with an operable 1.5 metre wide boom
  • 1000 aquatic spectator seats
  • 20 x 25.4 metre diving pool
  • Aquatic leisure facility
  • Five hydroslides
  • Learn to swim pool
  • Warm water pool/spa/sauna/steam room
  • Birthday party room
  • Multipurpose indoor courts with capacity for nine netball courts and other indoor sports codes
  • 2500 retractable spectator seats in the Show Court
  • Gym/weights facility
  • Group fitness rooms
  • Allied Health facilities
  • Performance movement centre
  • Aquatic sensory space
  • High-performance sports centre with facilities for coaching and training
  • Sports House – shared administration area for regional sport
  • Facility administration areas
  • VIP and media areas
  • Café and supporting and satellite food and beverage facilities
  • Facility parking