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Keep cool in the pools this summer

splash planet opens

Nothing says summer in Hawke’s Bay more than Splash Planet, and on Monday the popular attraction will re-open and the summer fun can begin.

While it’s the star attraction for locals and visitors alike, Hastings’ other outdoor pools will also be opening for the summer season from November 28.

Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said that after being closed last season due to COVID restrictions, it was fantastic to be have Splash Planet up and running this year.

“Having the country’s only aquatic-themed park in Hastings is a great drawcard for both locals and visitors and in recent years we’ve seen record numbers coming to enjoy the rides, slides and atmosphere.

“It was a very hard decision to have to make not re-opening the facility last year, but the risks were just too great.

“It’s wonderful that things are different this year and we can once again welcome everyone back.”

From Monday, November 14, Splash Planet will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5.30pm until February 6. From then it is open at the weekends only until March 26.

Go to for more information and to find out about the discounted Club Card on offer to all Hawke’s Bay residents.

Outdoor pools open

It’s also that time of year to reopen the outdoor pools at Frimley and Havelock North, where lane swimming is available during opening hours.

This adds to the indoor facilities at Flaxmere and Clive.

At all four of these Aquatics Hastings pools reduced entry prices are available for senior swimmers thanks to the support of Royston Health Trust and Hastings District Council. 

The “Super Swim” $1 entry price has been offered at both Flaxmere Pool and Clive War Memorial Pool since 2019, and will now also be available for the summer pools when they open on November 28 – a discounted price for SuperGold cardholders from the normal fee of $3.50. 

Hastings District Council aquatics manager Tom Page said keeping up a good level of physical activity was critical for ongoing health, wellbeing, independence and quality of life for Hawke’s Bay’s growing population of older people.

“Water is the perfect medium for this through swimming, water walking or other water-based activities.

“We also know that for many seniors affordability is an issue, so if we can reduce costs one of the key barriers is minimised.

“We look forward to welcoming SuperGold cardholders to the pools this summer to enjoy a swim in the sunshine this summer.

“We want to thank the team at the Royston Heath Trust for supporting this important initiative”

Royston Health Trust chair Jacqui Gray said the trust was delighted to be able to support a programme which enabled the district’s older population to keep active and enjoy a swim at one of their local pools.

11 November 2022

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