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Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre

About the centre

Combine standout facilities and outdoor adventures with a charming parkside setting and you have the Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre.

From indoor rock climbing gym to outdoor heated pool, from fitness centre with a 'bash-a-giant-tyre' difference to a high ropes course, there's nothing run-of-the-mill about this centre.

Need even more good times? We're also custodians of a skate park and a pump track — and we're proud to be home base to a fully mobile Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) team and service.

Our outdoorsy, challenge-loving team welcome your enquiries. You can use the contact us form or, even better, pop in so we can show you around our fab facility. 

Auckland’s premiere rock climbing wall

Indoor rock climbing is exhilarating, challenging, healthy and fun!

All ages, levels and abilities are welcome. Our awesome instructors will make sure you know what to do and that you’re completely comfortable before you set off on the walls.

You can hire climbing equipment, and free instruction is provided for beginners.

Disclosure of risk

Anyone who wants to rock climb at our centre must first complete this online disclosure of risk form. If the climber is under 14, their parent or guardian must complete the form on their behalf.

If you don't have access to the internet you can complete the form on a tablet at reception at the centre.

Indoor rock climbing facilities

Training wall (5m top rope)

The 5m vertical top rope is where we teach how to climb and belay (man the safety rope). This is a two-person activity.

Top rope wall (10m)

Climbers are attached to a safety line attached to the top and bottom of the wall. We have 21 lines and about 40 different climbs.

Bouldering

Climbers are able to ‘free’ climb — no harness or safety rope required — to a height of 3m.

Lead wall (12m)

Our lead wall is for advanced climbers with their own equipment. All climbers must have their skill level assessed by our staff to obtain a lead licence (free of charge) to climb on the lead wall. We have space for 10 climbers at a time, with up to 50 different routes.

Battle rope 

Climbers are attached to a safety line and use both upper and lower body strength to wriggle themselves to the top of the rope.

Booking information

Group bookings 

We take group bookings, but this does not give exclusive use to these groups.

Climbing duration 

Your admission price entitles you to a full day of access to the climbing gym.

Sports team training

Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre can host sports teams and groups who facilitate their own training and programmes at the centre. North Harbour Tri Squad frequently use our pool and gym.

Interested in securing a training space for your team? Email us at eotc@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Hours

Address

Contact details

Pools and water play

Pool hours

Osborne (outdoor) pool

This outdoor pool gets a great sunrise most mornings. The pool is accessible by hoist.

Temperature 28°C

Six lanes

Length 33.3m

Learners' pool

Temperature 32°C

Our prices

Pool admission prices
Entry type Casual 10 visit pass
Child (16 years and under)
Casual
Free
10 visit pass
-
Supervising adult (with up to two children under 5)
Casual
$1
10 visit pass
$9
Adult
Casual
$7.30
10 visit pass
$65.70
Concession*
Casual
$5
10 visit pass
$45

*Concession pricing available with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

 

Membership options

Get full membership, including access to the gym, pools and fitness classes.

Your membership gives you access to multiple centres across our network. Read more about prices and membership.

Not sure which membership is right for you? Get a free one-week trial.

Get 15 per cent discount and a reduced joining fee with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Gold
$23 per week
Get access to our Gold centres:
  • Tepid Baths
  • Marina Fitness

Plus all our Silver and Bronze centres.

Silver
$19.50 per week
Get access to all our Silver centres:
  • West Wave
  • Stanmore Bay
  • Glenfield
  • Albany
  • Lloyd Elsmore*

Plus all our Bronze centres.

*Special pricing applies for new members who live in the Howick Local Board Area.

Bronze
$16 per week
Get access to all our Bronze centres:
  • Takapuna
  • Birkenhead
  • East Coast Bays
  • Allan Brewster
  • Manurewa
  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa
  • Howick
  • Ōtara
  • Papatoetoe

Get unlimited access to the pools, spa and sauna at your chosen centre with a Swim it membership.

Not sure which membership is right for you? Get a free one-week trial.

Get 15 per cent discount and a reduced joining fee with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Bronze
$14 per week
  • Takapuna
  • Birkenhead
  • Manurewa
  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa
  • Papatoetoe

Gym and fitness

Birkenhead’s ITT (Integrated Team Training) fitness centre is a special kind of gym.

There's all the cardio gear, functional equipment and free weights you'd expect, but there's also an open court area where you can embrace your inner gladiator with Ludus-style training.

Smash a powerball onto a target on a wall, flip a huge tyre, push a weighted sled - and all before breakfast should you choose!

Olympic floor

The gym area has an Olympic floor so you can do power lifting.

Supporting you to achieve your fitness goals

We know that everyone's needs are different so when you become a member, in consultation with you, we tailor a support programme to best serve you while you're getting (fit and) active your way!

You'll enjoy regular check-ins from our qualified instructors, and programme updates to keep things motivating and interesting.

Gym hours

Our prices

Fitness and class prices
Entry type Casual
Gym - Adult
Casual
$15.50

 

Membership options

Get full membership, including access to the gym, pools and fitness classes.

Your membership gives you access to multiple centres across our network. Read more about prices and membership.

Not sure which membership is right for you? Get a free one-week trial.

Get 15 per cent discount and a reduced joining fee with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Gold
$23 per week
Get access to our Gold centres:
  • Tepid Baths
  • Marina Fitness

Plus all our Silver and Bronze centres.

Silver
$19.50 per week
Get access to all our Silver centres:
  • West Wave
  • Stanmore Bay
  • Glenfield
  • Albany
  • Lloyd Elsmore*

Plus all our Bronze centres.

*Special pricing applies for new members who live in the Howick Local Board Area.

Bronze
$16 per week
Get access to all our Bronze centres:
  • Takapuna
  • Birkenhead
  • East Coast Bays
  • Allan Brewster
  • Manurewa
  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa
  • Howick
  • Ōtara
  • Papatoetoe

Get access to the gym at your chosen centre with a Gym it membership.

Not sure which membership is right for you? Get a free one-week trial.

Get 15 per cent discount and a reduced joining fee with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Bronze
$14 per week
Get access to one of our Bronze centres:
  • Takapuna
  • Birkenhead
  • East Coast Bays
  • Allan Brewster
  • Manurewa
  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa
  • Howick
  • Ōtara

Group fitness classes

Our range of classes includes:

  • Interval training fitness classes.

Our prices

Fitness and class prices
Entry type Casual
Gym - Adult
Casual
$15.50

 

Membership options 

Get full membership, including access to the gym, pools and fitness classes.

Your membership gives you access to multiple centres across our network. Read more about prices and membership.

Not sure which membership is right for you? Get a free one-week trial.

Get 15 per cent discount and a reduced joining fee with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Gold
$23 per week
Get access to our Gold centres:
  • Tepid Baths
  • Marina Fitness

Plus all our Silver and Bronze centres.

Silver
$19.50 per week
Get access to all our Silver centres:
  • West Wave
  • Stanmore Bay
  • Glenfield
  • Albany
  • Lloyd Elsmore*

Plus all our Bronze centres.

*Special pricing applies for new members who live in the Howick Local Board Area.

Bronze
$16 per week
Get access to all our Bronze centres:
  • Takapuna
  • Birkenhead
  • East Coast Bays
  • Allan Brewster
  • Manurewa
  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa
  • Howick
  • Ōtara
  • Papatoetoe

Learn to Swim

Jump in at our Learn to Swim Birkenhead! 

We offer:

  • small class sizes
  • free swimming before and after lessons
  • plenty of free parking
  • discounts for families.

We can instruct swimmers of any age and ability, from 6-month-old babies to adults.

Why choose our Learn to Swim classes?

  • We really care about teaching water safety. All our students are taught key water safety skills first, then progress to mastering swimming skills.
  • All our instructors hold a New Zealand Certification in Aquatics and are AUSTSWIM qualified.
  • As a community facility, we are more affordable than many private providers — and we never compromise on quality.
  • Our facility accommodates family members of all ages, with both a shallower, warmer learn to swim pool and a bigger pool for deep water confidence and greater distance. Be in the pool with your baby, or do your own laps or get in a quick workout while your school-aged child takes a class!

Which class is right for me or my child?

We offer free assessments to determine yours or your child’s level.

Book a free assessment

Term classes

School holiday learn to swim courses

Holiday swim courses run over five consecutive half days (four if there is a public holiday) from Monday to Friday. Courses may be in the morning or the afternoon. We take enrolments for complete courses only.

If you child is a bit stuck on an element of their swimming, by coming every day for five days they'll normally crack it. Conquer that learning to breathe, breaststroke, or butterfly!

How to book a school holiday course

Contact us using the details on this page, or talk to the Learn to Swim team at the centre. A free assessment may be required to determine your child's level.

Swimming lessons and water safety for schools 

We’re experienced and skilled at working with schools, tailoring programmes to schools’ needs and the age and stage of their students:

  • swimming lessons
  • lifejacket usage
  • deep water confidence
  • boating experiences.

Lessons can take place in our facilities, or our instructors can come to you if your school has its own pool.

Auckland Council Pools and Leisure is a partner in the Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan (GAAAP) programme of funded school swimming lessons.

Activities

School holiday programme

About our programme 

We're the only Auckland Council site which runs both outdoor education and school holiday programmes – this means you get to choose from a huge range of activities!

Our school holiday programme for 5 to 13-year-olds includes activities like:

  • archery
  • bush survival skills
  • cooking
  • crafts
  • gaining confidence on our high ropes course
  • games and free play
  • navigation and map reading
  • rock climbing
  • sports.

We also swim every day in an outdoor pool and are lucky enough to have two big fields, a playground, a skate park and a pumptrack onsite.

Hours 

The programme runs from 8am to 6pm.

We're sorry we don't offer before or after programme care.

Upcoming programme dates 

  • 6 to 31 January 2020
  • 3 to 7 February 2020

Grab a schedule from this website or your closest centre four to six weeks before the programme starts so you can choose and book your favourite activities!

 

Our prices

Our activities range in price from $32 to $45 per day.

You may be eligible for a WINZ Holiday Programme Subsidy. Visit the WINZ website for more information.

Enquiries and enrolment 

Contact us if you have any questions.

If you would like to enrol a child, fill in an enrolment form:

Read our Holiday and recreation programmes terms and conditions.

 

Our outdoor education activities for schools and community groups

Prices and membership

Our prices

Fitness and class prices
Entry type Casual
Gym - Adult
Casual
$15.50
Pool admission prices
Entry type Casual 10 visit pass
Child (16 years and under)
Casual
Free
10 visit pass
-
Supervising adult (with up to two children under 5)
Casual
$1
10 visit pass
$9
Adult
Casual
$7.30
10 visit pass
$65.70
Concession*
Casual
$5
10 visit pass
$45

*Concession pricing available with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Rock climbing prices
Entry type Price
Child or student
Price
$11 or $100 for a 10 visit pass
Adult
Price
$14 or $128 for a 10 visit pass
Family pass (2 adults and 3 children - includes harness hire)
Price
$66
Family pass additional child
Price
$9
Bouldering
Price
$8
Gear hire - Harness
Price
$5
Gear hire - Shoe
Price
$4.50
Gear hire - Chalk bag
Price
$4
Venue hire prices
Space or package Price
Main rock climbing wall
Price
$600 per hour
Classroom
Price
$36 per hour
Main pool or learner pool hire
Price
Please call to enquire
Main pool lane
Price
$36 per hour
Extreme climbing party package
Price
$13 per child
Membership additional fees
Fee type Price
Joining fee - standard
Price
$50
Joining fee - concession*
Price
$25
Card replacement fee
Price
$5
Administration fee
Price
$25

*Concession pricing available with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Learn to Swim prices
Programme Price per session
Babies and toddlers
Price per session
$13.20
Preschoolers
Price per session
$14.20
School age, teens and adults
Price per session
$14.20

 

Membership options

Get full membership, including access to the gym, pools and fitness classes.

Your membership gives you access to multiple centres across our network. Read more about prices and membership.

Not sure which membership is right for you? Get a free one-week trial.

Get 15 per cent discount and a reduced joining fee with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Gold
$23 per week
Get access to our Gold centres:
  • Tepid Baths
  • Marina Fitness

Plus all our Silver and Bronze centres.

Silver
$19.50 per week
Get access to all our Silver centres:
  • West Wave
  • Stanmore Bay
  • Glenfield
  • Albany
  • Lloyd Elsmore*

Plus all our Bronze centres.

*Special pricing applies for new members who live in the Howick Local Board Area.

Bronze
$16 per week
Get access to all our Bronze centres:
  • Takapuna
  • Birkenhead
  • East Coast Bays
  • Allan Brewster
  • Manurewa
  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa
  • Howick
  • Ōtara
  • Papatoetoe

Get access to the gym at your chosen centre with a Gym it membership.

Not sure which membership is right for you? Get a free one-week trial.

Get 15 per cent discount and a reduced joining fee with valid ID to students, seniors, Community Services Card holders and Green Prescription holders. Also available to those with a permanent disability.

Bronze
$14 per week
Get access to one of our Bronze centres:
  • Takapuna
  • Birkenhead
  • East Coast Bays
  • Allan Brewster
  • Manurewa
  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa
  • Howick
  • Ōtara

Venue hire and party packages

Types of events our spaces suit

Need to book a space for your event?

We love hosting sports events that get our community active, but our spaces also suit birthday parties and community groups.

Spaces you can book

  • Main rock climbing wall (up to 100)
  • Classroom (up to 80 people)
  • Main pool (up to 250 people)
  • Main pool lane (up to eight people)
  • Learner pool

Book an extreme climbing party package

An extreme climbing party will be the talk of the school — it’s the perfect, action-packed way to celebrate.

Our birthday party package gives you two hours of climbing wall entry, harness hire and an exclusive climbing brief with one of our trained instructors!

Our prices

Venue hire prices
Space or package Price
Main rock climbing wall
Price
$600 per hour
Classroom
Price
$36 per hour
Main pool or learner pool hire
Price
Please call to enquire
Main pool lane
Price
$36 per hour
Extreme climbing party package
Price
$13 per child

How to book a space or party

Contact us to find out about availability and to make a booking.

Read our Venue hire terms and conditions.