Christchurch residents wanting a relaxing soak in New Brighton’s new hot pools will get discounted admission.
They will pay $3 to $4 less for entry into He Puna Taimoana than those who live outside the Christchurch district under the charging system approved by Christchurch City Council.
A single entry into the hot pools will cost Christchurch residents aged over 15 $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.
A same day return pass will be available at the discounted rate of $17 for adults and $12 for children as a way of encouraging people to stay in New Brighton to explore its other attractions.
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.
Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says setting the fees has been a balancing act.
“We want locals to enjoy the pools and to use them regularly. However, we also need to manage the demand because He Puna Taimoana is a boutique offering with a limited capacity.
“If the pools are overcrowded or people have to queue for a long time to get in, they won’t enjoy the experience as much. We want people to have a relaxing, enjoyable time in the hot pools and to leave eager for a return visit.
“The admission charges for He Puna Taimoana are in line with the charges at other comparable facilities but the Council has made the decision to offer a reduced entry fee for the residents of Christchurch,'' Mr Cox says.
He Puna Taimoana will open to the public from 10am on Saturday 4 April.