Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre

Work out and have fun at the same time. We have a range of pools, gym equipment and group fitness classes to suit all fitness levels.

Plan your visit

Check the current facility status before you toro-visit.

Bookings are essential for group fitness and adult kautāhoe-swimming lessons. Secure your spot. No booking is required to use the hōpua-pool and fitness centre.

Ngā mihi. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Pioneer pools

Become a Recreation and Sport Centre member

Address: 75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield, Christchurch

Phone: 03 941 6888


Facebook: (external link)

Post: PO Box 73034, Christchurch 8154

Bus: The Orbiter

Last entry to the pool is 15 minutes before closing. Please be ready to leave the facility by the closing time.

  Monday to Thursday Friday Weekends and public holidays
Fitness centre 5.30am to 9.30pm 5.30am to 8pm 7am to 7pm
Indoor pools 5.30am to 9.30pm 5.30am to 9.30pm 7am to 8pm
Stadium 5.30am to 9.30pm 5.30am to 9.30pm 7am to 8pm

Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre offers everything from family fun in the well-equipped indoor pools to a multi-purpose gym and fitness centre.

Pioneer is also home to a sports stadium and the Southern Centre.

Free wireless internet

Wifi is available while you are at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre. Talk to customer services at the centre for details.

Onsite car park

Free onsite car parking is available at Pioneer, we have seven mobility car parks available.

Bicycle stands

To increase your fitness, bike to Pioneer. There are free bike stands available. Make sure you have your own bike lock to secure your bike.

Onsite café

The café serves a great selection of food and beverages for dine-in or takeaway.


Visit the Physio South website to make a booking.(external link)


Lockers are available in the changing rooms and pool area for use. Enquire at reception for details.

Spa and sauna

Relax and unwind in our poolside sauna or spa, access is included in pool admission fees. 


A variety of basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton courts are available for hire. 


There are two rooms available for hire at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre. The rooms are best used for activities such as table tennis, martial arts, dance, birthday parties or holiday programmes.


For enquiries about availability and to make a court or room booking:

  • email with the facility and space you wish to book, times, numbers attending and contact details.
  • phone 03 941 6446

Our gym facilities are regularly updated and maintained to ensure the best training environment for users. Our highly qualified personal trainers help you achieve your fitness goals.

Gym facilities

Our facilities include:

  • Technogym treadmills
  • Exercycles
  • Rowing machines
  • Cross trainers
  • Weight-resistance machines
  • Free weights, including benches and multi-use power racks with chin and dip attachments
  • Stretching area
  • Personalised fitness programmes
  • Change rooms
  • Showers
  • Lockers


Our qualified, experienced instructors and personal trainers can guide you to your fitness goals.

Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) Scales

BIA scales allow a more accurate way to track your progress in our fitness centres. It measures:

  • weight
  • body fat percentage
  • metabolic age
  • percentage of water weight
  • muscle mass
  • visceral fat

The cost of this service is $20 for members and $35 for non-members.

New members have access to a full reading as part of their first and second programmes. The initial free sessions are included as part of our personal programme to new members.

Pool status

Generally at least two lanes are available for general swimming, including during Aqua Fit classes and Swimsmart lessons.

Class and lesson times can vary from term to term. On Mondays and Thursdays from 9.10am to 9.55am only one lane is available for general swimming to accommodate popular Aqua Fit classes.

Current pool status(external link)

Pioneer pool

At Pioneer, we offer loads of fun in our indoor pools and swimming lessons for all ages. From babies to adult learners, we help you make the most of the water throughout the year.


  • Five-lane, 25-metre recreation pool (1.1m to 1.5m deep).
  • Four-lane, 16-metre teach pool.
  • 22 by 22-metre leisure pool (0 to 1.5m deep).
  • Leisure pool and lazy river.
  • Wave pool operates Monday to Friday from 4.30pm and weekends and public holidays from 11.30am.
  • Spa. Ages 3+. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver within the spa. Max ratio 1 adult with 2 children.
  • Sauna and steam room. Ages 16+.
  • Basketball hoop, balls, small float toys and splash bucket.
  • Water fountains.
  • Public viewing area.

Hoists are available for accessible entry to the lane pool, teach pool and spa pool. Please speak to our friendly lifeguards to use the hoists.

The leisure pool has an entry ramp. The steam room and sauna are wheelchair accessible.

Learn to swim

We offer swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. As well as the Swimsmart programme, private lessons can be arranged.

Supervision of children in the pool

  • Children under five years old must be within arm’s reach and under constant supervision by a responsible caregiver aged 16 years or older in the pool at all times, who is wearing an orange wristband. 
  • Children between the ages of five and seven (inclusive) must be wearing a purple wristband and actively supervised by a responsible caregiver aged 16 years or older, who is to be within the pool area at all times and able to provide immediate assistance. 
  • Children aged 8 to 11 years (inclusive) must have a responsible caregiver 16 years or older on site unless they are in a supervised programme, such as swimming lessons. If they are swimming before or after their programme, their caregiver must be onsite.

Find out more(external link)

Pioneer has a five-lane pool. Depending on availability and demand at Pioneer, lanes will be allocated to aqua jogging, lane swimming and leisure activities.

Please call 03 941 6446 or email for more up-to-date information or to hire pool space. 

Typical peak times during school terms

At peak times, lane space may be booked for aqua classes, swim education classes and other bookings. Lanes will be available for leisure and lane swimming, but the pool is likely to be busier during the following times. 

On Mondays and Thursdays from 9.10am to 9.55am only one lane will be available for general swimming to accommodate popular Aqua Fit classes.

  Morning Afternoon
Monday 9am to 2.30pm 3.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 9am to 2.30pm 3.30pm to 8pm
Wednesday 9am to 2.30pm 3.30pm to 9pm
Thursday 9am to 2.30pm 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Friday 9am to 2.30pm 3pm to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 12.30pm  
Sunday 9am to 1pm 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Aqua classes

Please see the group fitness and aqua timetable below.

Pioneer stadium

The indoor stadium is 2150 square meters and features a wooden sprung floor.

The stadium features: 

  • 6 volleyball courts
  • 3 basketball / netball courts
  • 12 badminton courts

Sports bleaches are for hire and can hold up to 540 people, the stadium is bookable for expos and large sporting competitions and has a maximum capacity of 800 people.

The Pioneer indoor stadium is also home to Gymnastics programmes such as Tumbletimes and Pre-School Gymnastics


For enquiries about availability and to make a booking:

  • email with the facility and space you wish to book, times, numbers attending and contact details
  • phone 03 941 6446

The Southern Centre uses innovative lighting and sound technology that allows participants to explore and create at the touch of a switch.

It is a unique facility with the ability to cater for the needs of the individual, empowering them to choose their own environment, make changes and control their leisure time.

The Southern Centre sensory room is located on the first floor at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre, and is a partnership between the Council and The Southern Centre Charitable Trust.

Have a look at our group fitness and aqua classes. The timetable below shows the full schedule available at Pioneer.


If you want to give us a suggestion, compliment or complaint, you can provide feedback.