A new recreation and sport centre is currently being built at QEII Park in northeast Christchurch, and is set to open for Queen's Birthday weekend 2018. The previous facility was damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and demolished in 2012.

April 2018 update: Rūnanga gift name for the new QEII

The new facility will now be formally known as Taiora: QEII Recreation and Sport Centre.

Local rūnanga have gifted the name Taiora to the new recreation and sport centre at Queen Elizabeth II Park. Read more at Newsline.(external link)

March 2018 update: Hidden depths to QEII's newest pool

The 25-metre pool is the QEII facility’s main pool, and is taking the city’s aquatic facilities to a new level – literally!

Built with a movable floor so the water depth can be varied at the push of the button, this gives versatility with how the pool can be used. Read all the details at Newsline.(external link)

Artist rendering of the QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Artist rendering of the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre (February 2017)

Work began on 17 January 2017(external link), creating the eagerly awaited 5500 square metre facility which will return swimming and fitness amenities to QEII Park.

The new centre will include:

  • Leisure pools
  • 25x25 metre lap pool
  • Learn to Swim pool
  • Lazy river
  • Water adventure playground
  • Spa pool
  • Steamroom and sauna
  • Toddlers' pool
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spin room
  • Hydroslide
  • Café
  • Studio
  • Meeting room
  • Ample space for car and cycle parking.

View the new QEII floorplan(external link)

The project has been the first sign of construction in QEII Park as it enters a busy period of redevelopment. The Ministry of Education has begun the relocation of Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools to QEII Park, with the campus set to open for Term 2 2019.

Project updates

June 2017

Contractors have finished removing the last of the asbestos-contaminated material that was found during the demolition of the earthquake-damaged QEII Stadium in 2012. Read more.(external link)

April 2017

Thanks to savings found elsewhere in the project’s budget, a warm water hydrotherapy pool has been added to the plans for the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre. Read more(external link).

January 2017

A sod-turning ceremony was held to mark start of work, including the handing over of a sapling in conjunction with Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri. The ceremony set the stage for Apollo Projects to begin work on the site in earnest. Read more.(external link)

November 2016

On 2 November 2016, Christchurch City Council chose Apollo Projects Ltd to build the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, with work scheduled to start onsite in December 2016. Read more.(external link)

June 2016

The sale of 11.5 hectares of Council-owned land at QEII Park to the Ministry of Education was approved on 23 June 2016. The Ministry will use the land, which is in the southeast corner of the park, for the relocation of Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' High Schools. Read more.(external link)

May 2016

Plans to return pools and fitness facilities to QEII Park have taken another step forward with the release on 27 May of an initial concept design for the new recreation and sport centre. Warren and Mahoney have done the initial concept design for the new centre, which will be located in the heart of QEII Park and cover 4537 square metres.

Accommodated within the concept design are leisure pools, a lazy river, a lap pool, a water adventure playground, a spa pool, toddlers and learn-to-swim pools, a hydroslide, steam rooms and saunas, as well as a fitness centre and café. Ample parking is also provided for cars and cycles. Read more.(external link)

2 March 2016

The community has had another say in the ongoing development of QEII Park, this time on the proposal to sell a piece of land in the park to the Ministry of Education, which went out for public consultation on Wednesday 2 March. Read the Media Release(external link).

10 December 2015

Christchurch City Council has approved a range of water toys and other leisure attractions for residents of all ages that will feature in the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on QEII Park.

The Council agreed with a Burwood–Pegasus Community recommendation to go ahead with a range of water toys that were the most popular choices among residents who responded to the recent Your Play, Your Say campaign.

The six-week Your Play, Your Say campaign finished on 30 October and gave residents the chance to have their say about the water toys and other leisure attractions they would like to see in the new facility when it opens in 2018.

The water toys are:

  • A hydroslide
  • A water adventure playground
  • A toddlers' pool
  • A lazy river with strong jets
  • Leisure water area with beach entry
  • Aqua toys
  • Inflatable water toys

The Council also approved a revised scope for the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre. The Burwood–Pegasus Community Board recommended a number of changes to the scope that was approved in June this year, following feedback received during the Your Play, Your Say campaign. The recommendations include reducing the moveable floor to half the pool area; increasing the size of the learners'/warm water pool to a 25 metre by 10 metre pool; increasing the number of multi-function wet/dry rooms and changing the design of the spa pool.

Other features in the original scope that will remain the same include a 25 metre 10-lane pool; a toddlers' pool area; a learn to swim pool; spa pool; steam room and sauna; fitness centre; spin rooms and café.

The water toys and the revised scope will now be presented to architects from Warren and Mahoney, who are currently working on the concept design for the new facility.

17 September 2015

Christchurch City Council encouraged residents to share their ideas for the water toys and other leisure attractions they would like to see in the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on QEII Park.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel launched the Your Play, Your Say campaign, which ran from 17 September until 30 October 2015, at Rawhiti Primary School. Residents will have the opportunity to have their say about how the $6.5 million given to the Council by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust for water attractions at the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre should be spent.

Residents shared their ideas for the new facility online at Your Voice(external link)

Alternatively, they could attend a drop-in session at selected libraries to provide feedback. The most popular ideas will be presented to architects from Warren and Mahoney, who are currently working on the concept design for the new facility.

1 September 2015

Talks begin over QEII Park. The co-location of the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre and the two schools on QEII Park aims to benefit the entire community. Read the Media Release(external link).

20 August 2015

Christchurch City Council has appointed a project team to begin the design process for the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre to be built on QEII Park.

14 May 2015

Christchurch City Council is to begin discussions with the Ministry of Education (MoE) over relocating Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' High Schools to part of QEII Park, alongside the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre.

The Council today agreed Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Chief Executive Karleen Edwards should meet with the MoE and the two schools to explore a range of options regarding the sale of part of QEII Park.

It is still to be determined where the two schools will be situated on the QEII Park site although initial investigations show the MoE will need 10 hectares of land on the eastern side. The Council is also working closely with the MoE over the exact location of the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on the QEII Park site, which is still to be decided.

12 March 2015

Design begins