Graham Condon, Jellie Park, Taiora QEII, Pioneer, Cowles and Nga Puna Wai are all open. Here's a snapshot of the current status of our services.

Our services may be operating slightly differently than normal

To help keep everyone safe, please stay at home if you or anyone in your house is unwell.

We encourage you to download the NZ COVID Tracer app(external link).

Group fitness classes (including spin and aquafit) will continue to be bookable. Capacity numbers have been increased and new virtual classes have been added to provide you with more choice. 

Book online now, or phone 03 941 8999 to book through our call centre.

Tumbletimes no longer requires a booking.

Swimsmart, gymnastics, sport groups and the Southern Centre – the standard booking process applies.

There’s no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.

Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

We’re following guidelines from the Government, Exercise NZ, Sport NZ and Worksafe for Alert Level 1, and have protocols in place to ensure your safety. These include:

  • Contact tracing QR codes at the entrances
  • Booking process will continue for all group fitness classes (including spin and aquafit)
  • Regular deep cleaning and regular cleaning of high-touch areas 

Cleaning and hygiene

  • We’ll be ‘misting’ our Recreation and Sport centres using a water-based aerosol sanitiser called Zoono, to provide a barrier to stop the virus surviving on surfaces
  • We have cleaning solutions available to customers in the gyms so they can wipe down equipment after use
  • We'll continue the increase daily cleaning of public areas
  • We have COVID-19 signage in place to remind people to follow good hygiene practices, including washing hands 

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

  • If you are sick or are feeling unwell, please stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and dry thoroughly
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Keep track of where you have been by using the Government Covid tracer app (external link)

Mask and gloves

It’s your personal choice whether you wear a mask or gloves.

Contact tracing

All customers are encouraged to use the Government Covid Tracer app(external link).

With your smartphone, simply scan the QR code at the entrance to the facility. You don’t need to scan on the way out.

Caregivers of young children can simply scan themselves in once for their children.

Contact tracing information is kept private and secure and will only be used by the Ministry of Health if needed.


All transactions will be via EFTPOS. Cash transactions will be accepted. 

Flexi membership payments

Flexi membership payments will continue. From October 1 we are introducing a new weekly Flexi payment option to provide members with greater payment flexibility and choice. To find out more, speak to a team member at reception or email

Freezing memberships

We understand if you choose to freeze your membership and will continue to offer various options to freeze or extend your membership.

You can freeze your membership until you want to return by filling out the freeze form(external link), emailing us at or speak to a team member at reception

Swimsmart membership

Please refer to Swim Education section.

Opening hours

Opening hours will be remain unchanged. Please check your Rec & Sport Centre(external link) for opening hours.

Arriving at a centre

All customers are encouraged to use the Government Covid Tracer app(external link) to keep yourself and others safe. With your smartphone, simply scan the QR code at the entrance to the facility. You don’t need to scan on the way out.

Caregivers of young children can simply scan themselves in once for their children.

Swimsmart lessons

We have gone through an extensive review process to create a new Swimsmart programme that allows us to move between COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2 without disruption to our lessons.

This means that all lessons, for all levels, including Bubbletimes, Sleepytimes and adult lessons are running.

 Account credits will be applied for missed lessons during Alert Level 2.

 If you have any questions, please speak to a team member at reception or email

Gymnastics classes

All Gymnastics classes are running and there are class spaces available. If you have any questions, or to enrol, call us on 03 941 8999 or email

Tumbletimes sessions

All Tumbletimes sessions are running as normal. Please check our Tumbletimes page(external link) for details of class locations and times.

We will have limited small equipment available and there’s plenty of large gym equipment to have fun with.

The Southern Centre is open.

 You can bring up to 10 children (or adults) with a support adult.

Please wait in the area outside the Southern Centre and staff will let you know when you can enter the room. The stairs and lift can be used.

 It’s your personal choice whether you decide to wear a mask or gloves


Please email

Phone the Southern Centre on 03 941 7016 or the Council’s Contact Centre on 03 941 8999.


All of the big pieces will be out, but there may be some restrictions on the smaller pieces to ensure they can be cleaned properly between sessions. Equipment will be cleaned between each session.

Our sports fields are open.

 Please refer to your Regional Sports Organisation for guidance on training and games.

All facilities are open. 

Please contact with any queries.


You can book your sessions online at link)

Visiting He Puna Taimoana

If you are visiting He Puna Taimoana, please turn up at your session time, not earlier. Guests with implanted cardiac devices are currently unable to use the pools. 

Our campgrounds at Spencer Beach Holiday Park(external link), Duvauchelles Holiday Park(external link), Okains Bay(external link) and Pigeon Bay are all taking new bookings.

If you have questions you can call the campgrounds directly or submit an online enquiry through the campground’s website.


You must book and pay online for all campgrounds except Pigeon Bay which is operating with a deposit box for casual campers and online payments for annual site holders.

Keeping you safe

We are cleaning frequently in line with the Government’s Alert Level 1 guidelines.

Hand sanitiser dispensers are available outside amenity blocks. Disinfectant spray will be available to campers in shared spaces to wipe down surfaces.

You will receive additional information in the booking confirmation email with guidelines for keeping safe.

We’re making changes to our group fitness programme based on member feedback gathered throughout the past year and current participation trends.  

We will be adding a number of new classes to our timetable while renaming several existing classes. 

New classes

From Monday 18 January we’ll be introducing four new classes:

Strength Zone
If you are looking to elevate your strength but do it in a fun group setting, Strength Zone is for you. 

Enjoy a full-body workout consisting of low repetitions but with high gains. A combination of weights equipment and various training methods will be used to take you to the next level.

Strength Zone will cater for all exercise levels and the class numbers will be the same as other classes. Like our other group fitness classes, you will need to bring a towel and drink bottle. 

Burn Zone
Burn Zone is a constantly varied class that utilises multiple movements and equipment in a creative circuit style format. This cardio-based class will ensure you burn calories and increase your fitness levels in an energetic, fun environment.

In Burn Zone you will be using a range of equipment including kettlebells, TRX, spin bikes, barbells and dumbbells.

Burn Zone will cater for all exercise levels and the class numbers will be the same as other classes. Like our other group fitness classes, you will need to bring a towel and drink bottle.

HIIT Zone stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is made up of high-intensity bursts of exercise with short rest periods.  

HIIT Zone will cater to those with a medium to high fitness levels wanting an extra push. This class will be 30-minutes.

Aqua HIIT is a 35-minute drill-based session in the pool. Aqua HIIT will cater to those wanting a higher intensity class than Aqua Fit.

Renamed classes

  • Xtreme will change its name to HIIT Zone.
  • Core30 will change its name to Core Zone. 
  • Aqua Fit and Aqua Intense classes will merge under the new name Aqua Fit.

Classes no longer offered

Xtrain, Boxfit and Step will no longer be offered, however, aspects of Xtrain will be incorporated into the new Burn Zone class. 

We have made this decision based on customer feedback and low participation levels.