Are Swimming Pools Worth the Cost?

A swimming pool is a great addition to any home, and swimming pools are highly sought-after features in New Zealand homes across many parts of the country. But what about affordability? Owning a pool will entail installation and maintenance costs, but how much does installing and having a pool cost, and is it worth it? Here, we look at average swimming pool prices in NZ and look at the benefits of the investment.

Installation costs

Swimming pool installation costs will largely depend on the type and size of the pool you’re planning for your home plus any other specifications you may have when it comes to the design of your chosen swimming pools. In New Zealand, the most common types of swimming pools you can choose from are fibreglass, concrete, and vinyl-lined.

The most affordable option is above-ground vinyl swimming pools, which can cost around $10,000. These short-term, above-ground vinyl pools can generally be installed by yourself. Fiberglass pools range from $35,000 to $60,000 to install. Albeit the expensive up-front cost, fibreglass pools are more affordable to maintain than vinyl. Hybrid concrete pools range from $35,000 to $80,000 to install, and sprayed concrete pools can be up to $150,000 to install. In each case, a higher installation cost comes with benefits later; concrete pools are durable and long-lasting and allow for extended design and layout possibilities. Finally, it’s worth noting that size can play into all these costs too, and in general, bigger pools are more expensive.


When you’re planning to buy a pool, you should also consider the sterilisation process, pH control, and filtration system of your pool. Generally, most pools come with built-in filtration systems to keep pool waters balanced, clean, and safe for swimming. Owners who have pools that don’t have built-in pool cleaners typically spend about $1,000 annually for maintenance costs, but this can vary depending on the size of the pool too.


Most pools last a household at least 35 years with proper maintenance. Excessive use of pool chemicals (or using the wrong chemicals) can affect the interior finishes of pools and degrade them faster than normal. Above all, it’s best to remember that not all pools are the same. A swimming pools lifespan can vary based on the type of pool and features you choose for it, that’s why it’s crucial to choose one that suits your tastes, space, and lifestyle.

Why it’s worth the investment

Even with all this talk about cost, owning a swimming pool may not be as expensive as you think. With proper maintenance and the right kind of swimming pool for your home, you will discover that the benefits greatly outweigh the costs. Let’s dive in!

  • Adds aesthetic appeal

Swimming pools are a way for you to transform your backyard into a personal oasis. Depending on the features you choose to add, you can create an inviting atmosphere for friends and family to come and relax in, and make the most out of NZ’s warmer months weather.

  • They’re built-to-last

With proper maintenance, pools can last you decades years before needing replacement, and that’s why we recommend practicing regular pool upkeep to lengthen the lifespan of your swimming pool.

  • Saves you money

Owning a swimming pool brings you and your family unlimited hours of entertainment without having to spend on travel or pool memberships.

  • Great for your health

Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise, because it’s excellent for overall health, but easy on the joints. It’s popular with everyone from professional athletes to those dealing with arthritis. Swimming is great for physical therapy, building muscle, and improving health, all from the comfort of your home.

  • Boosts property value

Having a swimming pool can significantly increase the value of your home by as much as 15%. If you’re planning to sell sometime in the future, a pool can be a great investment into your property that will pay off down the line.

Planning a pool installation? Ask Freedom Pools!

If you’re planning to have a swimming pool installed in your home, the team here at Freedom Pools NZ can make your pool dreams a reality! We have 45 years’ worth of experience in the industry, ensuring you get the best possible pool for your property’s landscape and architectural layout. Request a free quote or an obligation-free site visit today!