We offer a range of sporting and non-sporting events and health and wellbeing initiatives throughout the year. Find out what’s coming up.

Events, courses, and programmes

Get involved in our one-off events and try something different. We also offer a range of one-day courses, multi-day programmes, and workshops.

Wahine Toa self-defence workshops

University Recreation Wellington holds regular self-defence courses. These are open to all self-identifying women and non-binary people.

Gain more confidence in your everyday life—learn ways to be strong and safe in a variety of situations. These courses teach you hits, kicks, holds, and escape techniques, as well as providing tips to help keep you safe.

The next course will be announced soon.

Courses run in the MT Foyer, SU229, Student Union Building.

This is a free course for students, but spaces are limited.

For general enquiries contact

Australasian University Health Challenge

The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is a six-week challenge that encourages everyone to focus on wellbeing and increase their daily physical activity.

The challenge involves logging the number of steps you take each day as part of a university team in competition against other universities.

Find out more about AUHC


Returning in 2024, watch this space.

We're promoting health and wellbeing by encouraging our students, staff and community to explore 5 of our favourite Wellington bays. Win some amazing weekly prizes along the way and be in for a chance to win the grand prize at the end.

Share a photo (via post or story) at one of the specified bays and tag us @Unirec_WGTN (Instagram) or @University Recreation Wellington (Facebook), with the caption #5bays30days to be in to win. Make sure your profile is set to public so we can see your entry. Each post is worth one entry; complete all five bays and we’ll double your entries.

The 5 recommended bays are as follows.

  • Oriental Bay
  • Scorching Bay
  • Breaker Bay
  • Houghton Bay
  • Lyall Bay.

Round the Bays

Congratulations to all those who joined team Te Herenga Waka and took part in the Southern Cross Round the Bays 2024.

We look forward to seeing you back in 2025.

Contact us now for more information.

4 peaks, 4 weeks

Returning in March 2025!

A challenge for all students, staff and members to get out and explore some of the great views and peaks that Wellington and New Zealand have to offer. To enter the draw to win weekly prizes, you need to upload a photo of yourself (or your group) at the top of each peak, tag @unirec_wgtn and use our hashtag #4peaks4weeks.

One lucky participant who climbs four of Wellington’s or New Zealand's famous peaks will win our grand prize. Spot prizes are also up for grabs.

For more information email

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Your introduction to University Recreation, RecFest, runs during trimester one Orientation. Giving you a taste of everything clubs, sports, and fitness has to offer.

Find out more