The much-loved family destination Ocean Spa is set to re-open after upgrades to its electrical system and plant, changing rooms and pool surfaces.

Napier City Council closed the spa at the end of February to ensure the facility is fit for purpose as an attraction for both locals and visits, said spa manager Karryn Baudet.

“Our customers will have a much better experience overall. We know our regulars have been chomping at the bit to get back into the pools again, and we’re so pleased we can now welcome them back,” she said.

There are new changing rooms with improved facilities for families and people with special needs, as well as decking, lighting, and an upgraded CCTV system.

Members will now be able to access the gym and pool areas by scanning in with new cards.

Baudet said the spa was in the process of recruiting and training staff, including lifeguards at present.

“Unfortunately this means there may be times when our Active and Toddlers’ Pool are not resourced to allow us to open them for swimming. We apologise for this, but as soon as our team is fully staffed and certified we will resume operations with all pools fully available.”

The council has always owned the spa, but until now it has been operated by a third party. A council spokesperson previously said that this critical maintenance needed to happen ahead of any aesthetic upgrades. 

Ocean Spa will re-open on 15 May.

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