It was one of the city’s most hotly anticipated openings expected for April, before the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown put the He Puna Taimoana, New Brighton hot pools on hold.
However, there was no dampening down the excitement for the opening on Queen’s Birthday weekend, which was a sell-out for the whole of the opening weekend.
The hot pools are part of the wider regeneration of New Brighton, led by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.
The work includes exciting public projects which are transforming the foreshore, along with a focus on the business centre and surrounding area.
“After the events of the last couple of months I am sure lots of people are going to really welcome the chance to have a relaxing soak in the hot pools,” Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says.
The Level 2 restrictions meant the hotpools had to operate at reduced capacity, with the steam room and sauna not available for use.
An online booking system enabled people to book into one of four two-hour sessions each day.
The first session will be at 10am, the second session at 12.30pm, the third at 3pm, and the final session at 5.30pm, with a maximum of 50 people allowed into each session.
A single entry into He Puna Taimoana will cost Christchurch residents aged over 15-years $14.
The cost of admission for a child under 16 or with a Cando high school student ID card will be $10. Children aged three and under will be admitted for free.
Christchurch residents who want to use the pools regularly will be able to get even cheaper admission rates if they take advantage of the multi-entry cards and membership options that will be available.
For example, a monthly pass to the hot pools for a child will be available for $54.
If they visit the pools three times a week, each visit will only cost $4.50.
The standard admission charge for those who live outside of Christchurch will be $18 for an adult and $13 for a child.