Lightning strike closes Wanaka, Arrowtown pools


A young girl showering at the Wanaka Pool suffered an electrical shock caused by lightning today (Wednesday).

Facility operator Lakes Leisure says it’s closed the Wanaka Pool and also the outdoor Arrowtown Pool for the remainder of the day as a precaution.

Lakes Leisure boss Ruth Stokes says it’s thought the young girl received only a mild electrical shock, and didn’t sustain any injuries.

“Our primary concern is for the child but we have been assured that she is fine.

“This is an accident that no one could have anticipated, however we are investigating the matter further.”