Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre

When construction is completed in 2025, the Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre 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. 

Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre will provide 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. Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre sits 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.

Construction is being managed by Rau Paenga Ltd (formerly Ōtākaro Ltd), and jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion. Rau Paenga post updates on the construction of Parakiore on its Facebook page.

For more information about the project, email

The story of Parakiore

Matapopore’s Lynne Te Aika retells the story that Parakiore is most famous for.

Latest news

27 October 2023: Christchurch City Council responds to Parakiore disputes claim

Christchurch residents and groups might be forced to wait until at least mid-2025 to use the Parakiore Recreation and Sports Centre, after further delays and a legal dispute between the delivery agency and contractor were announced today.

The new delay stems from a cost escalation dispute between the contractor, CPB, and the Crown’s delivery agency, Rau Paenga (formerly Ōtākaro Ltd). CPB has increased its claim from an additional $212m to $439m to complete Parakiore. The major anchor project is more than 70 per cent complete. Read more(external link).

27 February 2023: HPI announced as operator of Parakiore's movement arts studios

Local organisation Human Performance Incorporated (HPI) has been appointed as the operator of the new moving arts studios at Parakiore. HPI will oversee the running of the $7 million, three-studio MOVE centre at Parakiore Recreation and Sports Centre that will cater to dance, dive-acrobatics and circo-arts. Read more(external link).

2 December 2022: Completion delay announcement

Ōtākaro announced that Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre construction is now expected to be completed in 2024 and open in 2025. Read more(external link)

August 2022: Latest newsletter

It's been more than 20 years since a competition dive tower was constructed in New Zealand, so anyone travelling along Moorhouse Ave is witnessing a unique piece of construction. 

Recently the supports for the 5m and 7.5m dive platforms were added to the tower. Read more.(external link)

23 February 2022: Christchurch getting NZ's biggest indoor hydroslides

Five eel-inspired hydroslides have begun to reveal themselves at Christchurch’s Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre, with installation work now underway. Read more on Newsline(external link).

8 April 2021: Parakiore name gifting

Councillors voted to accept a special name gifted by local rūnanga Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri for the complex. The facility's new name, Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre, pays homage to the youngest son of Ngāi Tahu chief Tūrākautahi, Parakiore, who was renowned for his amazing running speed and athleticism. Read more on Newsline(external link).

7 September 2020: Performance Movement Centre opportunity opens

Now's the time to apply for the exciting opportunity to manage Performance Movement Centre studio spaces in the Metro Sports Facility. Applications close at noon Monday 2 November 2020. Register your interest on GETS(external link) using reference number TD22941818.

17 August 2020: Call for feedback on NZ’s first aquatic sensory experience

Metro Sports Facility will include a New Zealand-first aquatic sensory experience area specially designed for disabled people. The Council is inviting people to provide feedback on the high-tech multi-sensory environment that’s designed to benefit people of all ages and abilities, particularly those with disability. Read more on Newsline.(external link)

26 May 2020: Metro Sports Facility’s eco-friendly energy system a New Zealand first

Sewage will heat up Christchurch’s new Metro Sports Facility. In a first for New Zealand, the country’s largest aquatic and indoor recreation venue will utilise an unlikely heat source that runs under St Asaph Street towards the wastewater treatment plant. Read more on Newsline.(external link)


  • 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

Floor plans, designs and innovation

Floor plans


Parakiore's innovative heating system

Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre will be the first of its kind in New Zealand to use the central city’s wastewater system to provide all of the facility’s heating.

About 30 per cent of all household energy is used to generate hot water, and every day this heat is sent into the wastewater network. This makes wastewater an enormous container of thermal energy and an untapped resource for cities.

This thermal energy map(external link) that Smart Alliances created in 2018 shows the large amount of potential heat that’s available through Christchurch’s larger wastewater pipes in the network.

Parakiore’s technology will take wastewater from the pipes beneath the roads and screen out the solids. The wastewater will then flow through a heat exchanger before both the water and solids are returned to the network.

The heat taken from the sewerage is then transferred to another flow loop that’s designed to extract up to 3,500-kilowatts of energy – that’s enough energy to power 35,000 100-watt lightbulbs.

The system has been designed so that it’s impossible for the wastewater to contact the pool water that it will heat.

Crown agency Ōtākaro Ltd is overseeing the delivery of the Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre. 

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21 November 2017

Metro Sports Facility plans under review

The Government has ordered an urgent review of plans for the Metro Sports facility amid concern the project will come in $75 million over budget. Read more.(external link)

31 August 2018

Site readied for new Metro Sports Facility

Work is under way on installing the first of about 8000 in-ground stone columns to support construction of the new Metro Sports Facility. Read more.(external link)

28 March 2019

Contractor secured for Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility

Construction of Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility will get underway in May following Ōtākaro Limited's decision to award the $221 million build contract to CPB Contractors Limited. Read more.(external link)

27 April 2019

Major sporting facilities move step closer

A review of Christchurch’s Metro Sports Facility has identified savings of more than $50 million and cleared the way for work on the long-awaited project to proceed. Read more.(external link)

7 June 2019

Work starts on Metro Sports Facility

Work is officially under way on Christchurch’s Metro Sports Facility, with Mayor Lianne Dalziel joining the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Dr Megan Woods, and the Minister for Sport, Grant Robertson, in turning the first sods today. Read more.(external link)

24 September 2019

First concrete pour at Metro Sports Facility

Work is under way on the foundations for the new Metro Sports Facility, with the first major concrete pour taking place. Read more.(external link)

12 November 2019

Planning under way for new Performance Movement Centre

Christchurch’s performing arts community is being asked how they would like to see the new Performance Movement Centre, being developed as part of the Metro Sports Facility, operated. Read more on Newsline.(external link)

8 April 2021

Parakiore name gifting

Matapopore gifts a special name, Parakiore, to the Metro Sports Facility. The Council accepted the gift and voted to change the complex's name to Parakiore Recreation and Sports Centre.


Grand opening

The new facility is scheduled to open to the public.