McKenzie Baths rebuilt and ready for the future

My first “real” job after doing paper and milk rounds was as a lifeguard working for the Lower Hutt City Council. It involved doing a lot of training and certification, but I got through the hoops and as soon as I was old enough, I applied for a summer position at McKenzie Baths in Petone. That summer and the one following brought lots of fond memories of working hard but also spending time off with family there after hours. We even had Christmas Day there with my Grandparents and high school friends stopping by.

It was a nice surprise to be commissioned to photograph the re-opening of the refurbished pool this month. Essentially the pools have been completely rebuilt and re engineered which is awesome to see. When I was working at outdoor pools throughout University (I went onto work at Thorndon, Karori and Khandallah pools in following summers), I thought they were remnants of a bygone era that would be replaced by indoor aquatic centers. I’m really happy to see McKenzie Pool getting refreshed and ready for the future. The water features that have been added I think are really going to appeal to locals and even people from out of town. I’m for sure going to be taking my son this summer!

Inside the new plant room, with completely modern technology in place including DE filters which are really efficient and leave the water super clean.

An overview of the new pools with the buildings now on the south side of the complex. It’s almost unrecognizable compared to the older setup.

The water features are really cool. Here some boys play with the compression pump which sprays water from different areas in the ground. To their left is a bucket setup like the fountain in Cuba Mall, Wellington. Every now and again these fill up and spill onto waiting kids below.

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