Metro Sports Facility, Taiwhanga Rehia, will be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand, accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Artist impression of the Metro Sport Facility leisure water area

Artist impression of the Metro Sport Facility leisure water area

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan identified the need for a world-class venue and centre of sporting excellence, accessible to people of all ages, abilities and sporting skills.

The Metro Sports Facility will provide an aquatic and indoor recreation and sport facility catering for the day-to-day needs of the leisure, sporting, recreational, education and high performance sporting communities in Canterbury.

The complex will be well equipped to host local, national and international events.

Street plan

The Metro Sports Facility will sit within Moorhouse Avenue, Stewart Street, St Asaph Street and Antigua Street. It will be easy to get to by public transport, private vehicles and the new walking and cycling links through the central city.

A recent review of the design for Christchurch’s Metro Sports Facility has identified savings of more than $50 million. This has cleared the way for work on the long-awaited project to proceed. The revised design has the support of the sporting codes and will also result in operational savings over the life of the facility, which means it will cost ratepayers less to run in the long term. Read more on Newsline.

Construction of the facility will be managed by Ōtākaro Limited, and construction will be jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion. It is expected to open in late 2021.


  • 10 lane, 50 metre competition pool with an operable 1.5 metre wide boom.

  • 1000 aquatic spectator seats.

  • 20 x 25.4 metre diving pool.

  • Aquatic leisure facility.

  • Five hydroslides.

  • Learn to swim pool.

  • Warm water pool/spa/sauna/steam room.

  • Birthday party room.

  • Multipurpose indoor courts with capacity for nine netball courts and other indoor sports codes.

  • 2500 retractable spectator seats in the Show Court.

  • Gym/weights facility.

  • Group fitness rooms.

  • Allied Health facilities.

  • Performance movement centre.

  • Aquatic sensory space.

  • High-performance sports centre with facilities for coaching and training.

  • Sports House – shared administration area for regional sport.

  • Facility administration areas.

  • VIP and media areas.

  • Café and supporting and satellite food and beverage facilities.

  • Facility parking.