Wasnt aware of the private pool for $8. Been there several times, one for a work outing, lots of BBQ stands and picnic tables with and without shelter. Pool great fun which has large blow up shapes to play on etc, changing rooms quaint and a nice top pool to sit in which is shaded. Lots of outside open lockers to store your clothes while swimming too. Also has one of the best fish n chip shops in NZ just around the corner and there is always a queue for these! Plan for the whole day.