Swimming Pools in Tauranga: What’s Best for You?

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Different types of swimming pools

Generally speaking, the possibilities are limitless when it comes to customising your swimming pool. But too many options can quickly become overwhelming, so let’s start with the basics. 

Kidney shaped pool

Above-ground pools

While above-ground pools can be a great interim option, there’s no reason you can’t make them a permanent fixture of your landscape! They’re easy to install, relatively affordable, and since they’re typically more shallow than in-ground pools, they’re great for teaching little ones pool safety

Above-ground pools do have the potential to damage easily, so you’ll have to factor in the cost of contingency maintenance. They’re not terribly versatile and, if not built by a qualified pool installer, can look cheap. 

In-ground pools

Anytime excavation is involved, you can expect your eyes to water when the invoices come rolling in, but you can choose from a variety of materials including fibreglass, concrete, and vinyl, to make sure your in-ground pool suits your finances.

Aside from the fun and memories you can create with an in-ground pool, longevity, aesthetics, and resale value are huge perks too. 

Hot tubs and spas

For those seeking a personal water source ASAP, hot tubs’ and spa pools’ plug-and-play designs make installation a breeze. Waiting for your delivery will be the longest part. Once it’s on-site, you’ll be soaking your stress away the same day. But beware, once word gets out that your backyard is a destination for relaxation, you may find you have more friends and neighbours than you thought! 

Swim spas

If swimming is your exercise of choice but don’t have the space for an in-ground lap pool, a swim spa is for you. With spacious tanks and optional seating, swim spas are a practical alternative to both spa and swimming pools. They’re also more economical to heat than larger pools, so you can enjoy year-round use without digging too far into your pockets. 

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Pool features and add-ons

Infinity edge & zero entry

Relive your favourite holidays by recreating them in your own backyard. Infinity edges and zero entries are the best features to include when customising a resort-style swimming pool. 

While this in-ground swimming pool in Tauranga doesn’t have a zero-entry, it does have a luxurious shallow lounge area for soaking up the sun. 


Although Tauranga has some of the most desirable weather in the country, a heated pool guarantees year round use, no matter how much the temperature dips. The region gets nearly 300 days of sun annually, making solar-powered heat sources the most cost-effective method; gas and electric heat pumps are available too. 

Salt water vs chlorine

It doesn’t matter if you’ve opted for chlorine or salt water, your pool needs some chemical intervention in order to inhibit algae and bacteria growth. Chlorine is non-corrosive, so it won’t degrade your pool’s materials and its protective qualities linger long after it’s been used, so it’s cost-effective. 

Contrary to popular belief, salt water pools are not chlorine-free. The chlorine used, however, is derived from salt and is converted using a salt chlorine generator that then filters the solution into the water to keep it clean and swim safe. Although costs associated with maintaining a salt water pool are higher than chlorinated counterparts, it’s gentler on skin, hair, and togs. 

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Tauranga pool professionals

We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of pool customisation. So, as you can see, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to pool planning! Partnering with experienced pool installers in Tauranga takes the guesswork out of making decisions and makes the process enjoyable for homeowners! 

At Zones, our team of expert Landscaping Consultants is backed by general contractors and specialists from all corners of landscaping, so regardless of your project needs, we’ve got the professionals to bring your ideas to life. 

Dive into your poolscape

If you’re interested in diving head first into your next project, get in touch with the team at Zones Landscaping Tauranga to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. 

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