Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre Review : Great facilities with lots of parking

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The Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre (known as Pioneer Pools) is located in Somerfield, and offers a range of facilities including its main attraction – the swimming pools.

For families, there are is a littlies paddling area and a young kids pool with lazy river. There are regular swim lessons for babies from as young as 6 months old.

The pools also feature:

  • 5 lane, 25 metre pool
  • 4 lane, 16 metre teaching pool
  • 20 x 20 metre wave pool
  • Lazy river
  • Bubble pit and fountains
  • Spa
  • Sauna and steam room

Other facilities onsite include:

  • Fitness centre offering gym, spin studio, group fitness studio, and a mind and body studio
  • 2150sm indoor stadium
  • Basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton courts available for hire

There is plenty of parking, and an inside cafe offers a couple miniature kids play ares. Across the car park are a couple decent playgrounds for the kids, and there’s a preschool attached to the main building.

Very useful sports centre, with plenty for adults and kids alike.

Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 941 6888
Address: 75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield, Christchurch New Zealand

The Review

Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre

8 Score

"A great family friendly fitness centre with good facilities and lots of parking. "

The Good

  • Lots of options

The Bad

  • Pretty good, not much to criticize


  • A good middle-of-the-road sports centre 80%
Anna Hayes


Anna Hayes

I'm a passionate Kiwi with a huge love for the outdoors, photography, sports, my kids, healthy living and everything New Zealand. I've worked for many years in the tourism and internet industry, and I love supporting clean green New Zealand.

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