How Much Does a Swimming Pool Cost?


Embrace Tauranga’s sunny weather with the addition of a backyard swimming pool. Whether you’re entertaining family and friends or using it as a solitary serene escape, a pool is a great way to make the most of your outdoor space, especially in this part of New Zealand. Before you dive head first into planning, we’ll explore the costs involved in building your pool.

How much does it cost to build a pool in New Zealand?

There are a number of factors that affect the cost of swimming pools in Tauranga:

Different designs

There’s a design for every landscape – from lap pools and classic rectangular pools to small plunge pools or spa pools, there are a number of layouts to consider. Each comes with its own challenges and costs, which a Landscaping Consultant will be able to discuss with you to determine the best pool to suit your lifestyle and property.

Want to know more about different types of pool options? Check out our latest guide on different types of pools to suit your needs!

Size of your pool

In New Zealand, a general estimate for size is to allow 5 square metres per user in the pool. You will also need to correlate this with the amount of space you have on your property for both the pool and the required boundary, per council requirements. If you have an outdoor, above ground pool in Tauranga that is deeper than 400mm, it will need to be fenced.

Click here to learn more about specific regulations for Tauranga swimming pools.

Location matters

Will your pool be in a courtyard, indoors, outdoors, or even above ground? There are plenty of ways to add a swimming pool onto your property, so long as you adhere to the council’s regulations. The location of your swimming pool will be another determining factor of your pool’s price.

Materials, features, and more

And lastly, we have all of the bells and whistles that add up to make your swimming pool uniquely yours. For instance, a concrete pool cost estimate will differ from an above ground glass pool cost. Additional features include underwater or surrounding lighting, fencing, water type, and more.

Our expert pool builders in Tauranga can help you assess the above factors on your property and provide you with a realistic estimate for your new pool cost.

Check out our pool building services in Tauranga, including installations!

Breaking down costs to build your pool

Now that you know the factors that can affect your swimming pool’s price tag, it’s time to take a closer look at specific prices.

How much is an above ground pool?

These are typically the least expensive on the market, with prices starting around $10,000* for a vinyl and steel above ground pool. An above ground glass wall pool can cost a fair bit more, due to the glass or acrylic shell. Your Landscaping Consultant can provide you with the most up-to-date pricing.

How much is an in-ground swimming pool?

In-ground swimming pools are moulded into shape and then fit snugly into your desired location.  Fibreglass inground pool prices start from $60,000,* which accounts for the pool shell cost plus installation.

How much is a concrete swimming pool?

Concrete pools are the premium choice, with many customisable options when it comes to size and shape. Because these are the most sought after and expensive pools to build, you’re looking at between $70,000 and $100,000*. But the result is well worth the higher price tag!

Breaking down upkeep costs

A swimming pool is an investment that requires regular maintenance to keep it fresh and enjoyable over the course of the year. Regular maintenance costs can vary depending on the type of pool you have.

Granular and liquid chlorine are the cheapest, most widely-used methods to keep your pool clean. Saltwater pool maintenance costs are a bit higher because saltwater chlorination uses a device that first turns salt into chlorine to clean your pool. It’s the pricier option to begin with, but over time will save you money, as it automatically balances your pool’s pH levels.

Click here to learn more about different types of pool maintenance techniques and discover what might work best for your pool and lifestyle needs.

Breaking down council requirements

In Tauranga, any pool that’s deeper than 400mm requires a boundary fence. These fences could be made of wood, aluminium, or glass – the material choice is up to you, thus can impact your overall price.

You’ll also need to book a safety inspection once your swimming pool installation is complete. It costs $165* for an inspection, where a council inspector will check to make sure that your boundary is up to code. 

Save money and hire a professional

Choose to work with a professional landscaping company like Zones Tauranga for expert guidance from the ideation phase all the way to the final council inspection. Your Landscaping Consultant will be your single point of contact and oversee the entire process.

Our Landscaping Consultants also have access to the best pool builders and material suppliers in Tauranga to transform your backyard and get you enjoying your pool in no time!

Local pool inspiration

Get inspired by our recent swimming pool projects right here in Tauranga:

Modern marvel

  • State-of-the-art Naked Fresh Water System to sanitise 
  • Sleek, light-toned deck surrounding a rectangular pool
  • Glass fencing

Waterfront wonder

  • Glass fence for an unobstructed view of the bay
  • Expansive decking and concrete patio for entertaining
  • Pavers and lighting to enhance the landscape

Ready to talk about your own swimming pool ideas with a specialist?

Get in touch with our team in Tauranga today for a free, one-hour consultation. We look forward to getting to know your swimming pool dreams and making them a reality!

*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change. For a fixed-quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Zones® landscaping specialist. All Zones® franchises are independently owned and operated.

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