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Thorndon pool is where you go for a day out with all your friends. You can sprawl out, sunbathe and enjoy the sights while intermittently taking dips in their outdoor lane pool. The tiered steps make for perfect viewing, and the wind somehow never makes it in!

Great for a post work swim in the summertime

Thorndon Pool has got to be the premier public outdoor pool in Wellington. This place is marvelous for a swim or a sunbathe. It's definitely the most social of public swimming pools, in a fantastic way. If you work in the central city, try heading out there for some lunchtime or after work exercise.

The return of warm weather really only means one thing for my inner child: outdoor pools! Trek up to Thorndon for a visit to their classic lane pool. While about half of the pool fills up with children, the rest stays blissfully quiet as swimmers cut up and down the lanes. Bask in the sun on the stadium-style steps, or pop in for a dip. You’ll spend the afternoon feeling like a kid again, in the best possible way.