The Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre, powered by Pakn'Save Hastings, is proudly owned and operated by the Hawke's Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust.

The indoor swimming pools add to the already impressive facilities developed by the Trust, to create a world class sport and health complex right in the heart of Hawke's Bay.


4 pools

50m Olympic Pool certified by FINA to World Championship level; the highest accreditation available

Training / Learn to Swim pool  - Certified by FINA and includes a 6 lane warm up pool for national and international events

2 x Hydrotherapy pools


Gold standard accessibility features throughout the facility including:

Pool Pod to allow dignified independent access to the pools

Accessible ramp accerss to Training/learners pool


3 sets of changing rooms with underfloor heating - all opening to pool deck​​​​​​​

Tenancy & meeting room space which can be utilised as a media centre for major events

Heated Pools

Efficient & precise pool water heating

Olympic Pool set at 27°C​​​​​​​

Training/Learners pool set at 29°C


Fixed seating for 840 people / temporary seating to allow for up to 1662 - the largest in NZ​​​​​​​

Retail Shop

Swimming accessories and merchandise available for purchase

HBCFCT History & Vision

In 2015, Sir Graeme Avery and Bruce Mactaggart came together to discuss "health and sport" in the Hawke's Bay region, which sparked a vision. That vision was to enhance the health and lifestyles of those in the community through the provision of world-class sport and health facilities, community based outreach programmes, research, and education. In April 2016, a charity; the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust (HBCFCT) was born and by July 2019 the EIT Institute of Health & Sport came to life.

Added to the world class facilities run by HBCFCT is the Hawke’s Bay Regional Aquatic Centre, powered by Pakn'Save Hastings, which opened in September 2022 and the 72 bed hostel providing onsite accommodation. 

With over $90million in physical assets and numerous programmes running throughout the region, the HBCFCT has something to offer everyone from infants to elderly, and delivered from Dannevirke to Wairoa and beyond.


​​​​​​​Interested in working in aquatics? ​​​​​​​

Check our vacancies here or contact us for more info at reception@hbaquatic.co.nz