Welcome to Hamilton Pools

Hamilton Pools comprises Waterworld (Garnett Ave in Te Rapa/Forest Lake) and Gallagher Aquatic Centre (Collins Road, next to Melville High School), and both facilities are owned and operated by Hamilton City Council.

We’re excited and proud to provide our community and visitors to our city with a range of services – whether you’re a serious competitive swimmer, you swim for health and fitness, looking for a way to entertain the kids, or striving to achieve some personal health and well-being goals.

The Hamilton Pools facilities provide quality, safe and affordable fun for the whole family. We aim to deliver world-class service to meet the needs of all customers, young or old, casual or committed, competitive or recreational.

We are also proud to be part of the PoolSafe NZ programme,  which  incorporates a range of initiatives at reducing the number of water-related injuries in and around New Zealand pools.

We are dedicated to promote health, recreation and rehabilitation through swimming and water activities.

Acceptable behaviour

Your behaviour counts. Please respect our facility and other pool users, and mind your language.

Parents and caregivers should pay close attention to children in their care. Your children are your responsibility, and you should supervise them at all times.

If you feel unsafe or intimidated by another customer, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our staff.

Appropriate swimwear must be worn at all times, and details of what is allowed are displayed in our facilities.

For your privacy, and that of other customers, please do not use mobile devices in our changing rooms.

Our facilities are monitored by CCTV systems to ensure the safety of patrons and their possessions.

Hamilton Pools management reserves the right to remove patrons from any of the facilities if their behaviour is considered unacceptable or disturbs other pool users.


All Hamilton Pools facilities are smoke-free, and that includes our outside areas.

If you wish to smoke, please smoke off-site. You will be allowed to re-enter.