When construction is completed in 2022, 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 an aquatic and indoor recreation and sports 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. 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 Ōtākaro Limited, and jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion.

For more information about the project, email Parakiore@ccc.govt.nz.

The story of Parakiore

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

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



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)


Grand opening

The new facility is scheduled to open to the public.

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.