Hydrotherapy pool

Enjoy the state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie.

Hydrotherapy pool at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.

The hydrotherapy pool provides a unique environment in which to exercise, relax and rehabilitate. The pool has:

  • a temperature of 34 degrees
  • a walk-in / wheelchair access ramp
  • accessible facilities
  • privacy
  • a range of free pool exercise equipment (noodles, aqua belts, barbells, dumbbells and cuffs)
  • a lifeguard present at all times.

Hydrotherapy involves the use of warm water for pain relief, relaxation and a range of treatments. Long recognised as a gentle and effective aid, it can help:

  • give relief from joint pain and conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis
  • with rehabilitation after injury, bone fractures and joint replacement
  • improve flexibility, balance, and coordination
  • improve general fitness and strengthen muscles
  • with neurological disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.


Hydrotherapy timetable (43KB PDF)

The hydrotherapy pool is a therapeutic water environment for people with a range of disabilities and rehabilitation needs. It provides users who will benefit from hydrotherapy activity with a space to exercise and rehabilitate.

The pool is 11x11m and 1.3m−1.5m deep. It has a dedicated entrance located off Evans Bay Parade, that is open 6am–9.30am Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, the hydrotherapy pool is accessible through the main entrance off Kilbirnie Crescent.”

These users require an environment that supports their therapy and as such, recreational swimming is not available in this area. If you wish to splash, make noise and play, please visit our Spray Pool.


Hydrotherapy classes

Hydrotherapy classes are low impact classes that help to increase mobility, strength, flexibility, coordination and fitness. Specially designed for those who suffer from arthritis, joint and circulation problems, or have limited mobility; hydrotherapy classes are held in our warm, private hydrotherapy pool. Classes are led by professionals trained by Arthritis New Zealand physiotherapists. Training includes exercise principles and safety issues specific to people with arthritis.

Hydro Motion

 Day and time 12 noon, Wednesdays
1pm, Fridays
 Cost  $11 /$5.50 with Leisure Card
 Duration  45-minute class
 Maximum capacity 18

Our most gentle group fitness class is designed as an introduction to exercising in our Hydrotherapy pool, using very low intensity movements that will help you increase mobility, strength, flexibility, coordination and fitness. Hydro Motion is designed for those living with health conditions that may limit movement, or those looking for a gentle form of exercise to maintain general fitness and well-being.


As space is limited, please make a booking if you want to attend a class. Bookings can be accepted 1 week in advance and can be made by phoning Reception on 04 387 8029.

Private hire

If you wish to hire the hydrotherapy pool, please contact the Booking Officer on 04 803 8355