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.

4 peaks, 4 weeks

When: 8 May–4 June 2023

Up for a challenge?

Start your year at Victoria University of Wellington on the right foot and win.

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 has to offer. In order to go into the draw to win weekly prizes, you need to upload a photo of yourself (or 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.

Register online now.

For more information email

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 run on Sunday 20 May, 2023 from 10 am–2 pm.

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

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

For general enquiries contact

Glow Zumba

Returning in September 2023, Glow Zumba, more information available soon.

Dress up in neon or white to glow, get creative with our neon paint station, and enjoy this cardio-dance workout.

Group exercise members $5, non-group exercise members $10.

Email for more information.

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 2023, 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.

The Hunter Relay

The Hunter Relay challenge will be returning in 2023. Pull together a team of four runners to take on the challenge of The Hunter Relay—a 650m dash down Kelburn Parade, up past the Hunter and Student Union buildings, finishing up in the Tim Beaglehole Courtyard. We want to know who is the quickest club, hall, or faculty.

Social and competitive grades available.

Prizes awarded for fastest laps, fastest hall, fastest club, and best dressed, so get your creative hats on.

For more information email

Round the Bays

Team Te Herenga Waka will be returning for the Round the Bays on Sunday 19 February 2023, with registrations opening on 4 November 2022.

We welcome all runners and walkers to join team Te Herenga Waka, no matter your age, stage, or level of fitness.

For more information email University Recreation Wellington at

Outdoor Zumba

Outdoor Zumba will be returning in March 2024, watch this space for updates.

Join us in Tim Beaglehole courtyard for the biggest Zumba class of the year, all while enjoying the fresh air.