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.

Artist impression of the Metro Sport Facility leisure water area

Artist impression of the Metro Sport Facility leisure water area

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.

Street plan

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.

In September 2016 Ōtākaro Limited and the Christchurch City Council released preliminary design images(external link) of the facility.  These images show the look, size and complexity of the Anchor Project, although there will be further refinements. 

By April 2018, Ōtākaro will complete the detailed design and tender for a build-only contract to deliver the Metro Sports Facility. The Crown is also partnering with the Council on a review of the project options, such as whether part, or all, of the facility can be combined with the Multi Use Arena. 

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/mid 2021.

Artist impression of the Metro Sports Facility northern entry

Artist impression of the Metro Sports Facility northern entry


  • An indoor aquatic hall with a 10-lane, 50m swimming pool and spectator seating for 1000 people
  • A 10 metre diving tower
  • The largest leisure pool in the country with five hydroslides
  • A birthday party room
  • A warm water pool, spa, sauna and steam room facilities
  • A pool for programmes such as Learn to Swim
  • Aquatic sensory facility
  • Nine  indoor courts for sports such as netball, basketball, futsal, floorball, volleyball and other indoor sports
  • Retractable seating for 2500 spectators and function/VIP/media areas
  • High Performance Sport New Zealand’s high performance area, which will include facilities for athletes and space for administration
  • A large gym/weights facility, with group fitness/multi-purpose rooms and sports health consulting rooms and facilities
  • A performance movement centre with studio spaces for movement activity like dance 
  • A Sports House for shared administration of regional sport
  • High performance sports centre
  • A café, childcare facility and car parking for 500 vehicles (with the ability to expand in the future)