About us

There are many advantages to having a robust, above ground container swimming pool: A few of these are –

Minimal Earthworks

No costly excavations needed.

Less Fencing

Our container pools are higher than pool fencing requirements. So if you choose to install your container swimming pool as a freestanding unit, there is a significant fencing cost saving.



Ideal for small or difficult sites.


Manufactured exactly to your requirements


No Building Consent

(Conditions apply)


part of the charm is that our container swimming pools are highly manoeuvrable. So if you move house and want to take your pool with you, well, you can!

An affordable and effortless way to own a swimming pool is finally available for New Zealanders!

The brainchild of father and son team Michael and Joel Painter, Container Pools Ltd was formed early 2016.

There were three main drivers for the development of this business and products:

  • To provide an affordable, durable swimming pool system for New Zealanders.
  • To provide pool systems that could cope with New Zealand geographical and seismic conditions.
  • To provide a portable pool system so that the option to move the pool with the owners, would be viable.

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Mike Painter

Mike has 40 years of experience in starting and growing his own businesses. Transport, hospitality, distribution, land development, Mike is an IDEAS man, always sales and customer service focussed, and brings to his businesses, a strong entrepreneurial nature, and an ability to think outside the square. He has an incredible work ethic and is a ‘comfortable’ person to deal with. He strives to create win-win situations.

Joel Painter

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Joel is eminently practical. Hard working and lateral thinking like his Dad, Joel also has a background in civil engineering; oil rigs and crane operation. He sees a problem –he solves it!

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Research and Development has occurred using the best possible team of engineers; fibreglassers; builders; electricians; finishers and plumbers. All with one target in mind –to create a superior pool product. One able to stand up to New Zealand’s variable geographical, seismic, and weather conditions. Affordable. And not requiring pages of council consents!


Our pools are 2.5 m wide and 1.45 m deep; come with: duel access internal stairs for easy pool entry (but leaving your swimming lane clear so you can swim the entire length); a standard floating cover; a child safety ledge along the length of the pool; a chlorine filtration system and of course, our crafted hardwood decking finish. All our pools are pre-wired and plumbed in factory to make installation as simple as possible.

You can personalise your container swimming pool with a choice of: exterior container colours; fibreglass shell colours; salt and/or mineral purification systems; a variety of hardware choices such as mood lighting and swim jets; heat pumps; having your pool as a freestanding unit or incorporated into your deck.

All our pools are 100% built in New Zealand to ensure that they are best suited to New Zealand climate, geology and regulatory requirements. You may choose to install your own pool or we have a full installation service available. Either way, we are only ever just a phone call away.

Our pools also have COMMERCIAL and THERAPEUTIC applications –please call us to discuss.

Please feel free to contact us via our contact page or by ringing 0800POOLSNZ (0800766576) to chat with your local Container Pools Franchisee. We are here to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the pools made of?

Our pools are constructed using 1 trip, as new shipping containers. These containers are structurally modified and strengthened. At Container Pools New Zealand, we do NOT use the top half of the shipping container because it’s not as strong as the base, potentially, creating greater instability. The liner is moulded fibreglass with insulation built into the liner. All our pools are decked in hardwood timber to achieve a beautiful CRAFTED finish.

Delivery time?

Anticipated despatch/delivery is 12 weeks from payment of deposit.


Pricing is shown by model on the website. This is ex-factory. Lots of options available for heat pumps, swim jets, lighting, external stairs, no external stairs etc. Delivery can be arranged, pricing subject to location within New Zealand. And of course, you can arrange your own transport if you want to.


Container Pools, in conjunction with Geneva Finance, are pleased to be able to offer finance on our pools, up to a five year term with interest rates from as low as 9.95% and deposits for as little as 25%. This is subject to Terms and Conditions and credit criteria may apply.