From small beginnings, owner Grant Edwards started in the pool and spa industry more than 45 years ago. After overseas industry experience in the US, Canada and UK, he purchased Wright Pools & Spas, Lower Hutt, back in 1992. From there, Grant opened our Wairarapa shop 15 years ago and the business has grown bigger still.
Based from our two stores, we now employ more than 20 staff, many of whom have been with us for a decade or more.
We fully invest in the products we sell, our staff and the community we serve.
Given we service what we sell, we’re quite particular about the brands we stock. With over 40 years experience in the spa pool industry, we’ve seen how various brands have performed.
Founder Grant Edwards has a long and established career selling and servicing spa pools. Grant was previously one of the largest Hot Spring Spa dealers in Australasia, but chose to represent Sundance Spas instead. Sundance Spas is a sister company to Jacuzzi. We are also a supplier of Sapphire Spas too, another premium brand renowned for design excellence. Most recently we are having manufactured, distributing and selling the exclusive High Country Spas brand which offers fantastic value for money coupled with feature rich and quality componentry.
Wright Pools & Spas is the Lower North Island authorised dealer for Compass Pools, the toughest, most durable and innovative composite swimming pools in the world. Rather important if you live in a shaky earthquake-prone country! You may be interested to know that in the Christchurch earthquakes, of 80 locally installed Compass Pools, just two sustained minor damage. Both were simply lifted out of the ground, repaired and placed back in place once the liquified areas were stabilised. More recently flooding from cyclone Gabrielle in February 2023 wreaked havoc with some pools causing structural pool shell damage and lifting pools from the ground. Already incorporated in all Compass Pools since 2017, a patented hydrostatic valve was developed, tested and perfected and is so sensitive and has such high flow rates that it offers a unique hydrostatic damage warranty. This is a standard inclusion on all Compass Fiberglass Pools.
Given the current climatic instability we are living in, we feel it is more important than ever that if you invest in a capital purchase like a swimming pool or spa pool, you want it to look good and perform now and in years to come. You can be assured that buying from us will satisfy these criteria.
For founder Grant Edwards, selling pools and spas is more than a job, it’s his passion and vocation. Such is Grant’s commitment to the industry that he’s part of the SPASA panel working with the Government to try and establish better regulations in pool construction.
Currently there are low barriers to entry as anyone can become a pool builder. Not surprising, without regulations and an official training scheme, problems are not uncommon.
The purpose of SPASA is to establish consistent standards and processes, as well as an official training/apprentice scheme to help provide a clear pathway to a series of formal industry specific qualifications.