Events and programmes

We offer a range of sporting and non-sporting events and programmes, as well as health and wellbeing initiatives throughout the year. Keep an eye out for dates.

Events

Get involved in our one-off events and try something different.

#5bays30days

A new event in 2021 hosted by University Recreation Wellington. We're promoting health and wellbeing by encouraging all of our students, staff and community to explore 5 of our favourite Wellington bays during the first 30 days of May, and win some amazing prizes along the way!

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 specified bays are as follows:

  • Oriental Bay
  • Scorching Bay
  • Lyall Bay
  • Houghton Bay
  • Days Bay.

A spot prize winner will be drawn each week, and the grand prize winner at the end of the 30 days will receive a free voucher courtesy of AJ Hackett for the Taupo Bungy and Swing (valued at $258).

Registrations are open now.

If you have any questions, email university-recreation@vuw.ac.nz.

Glow Zumba

2021 date to be released 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 $5.00, non-group exercise members $10.00.

Register your interest at university-recreation@vuw.ac.nz.

Australasian University Health Challenge

Each year Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington takes part in a 6-week health-focused challenge across Australia and New Zealand. As the 2019 champions and hosts of 2020 we will be back with a strong team for 2021.

The aim is to help everyone be more active—it’s as easy as signing up on the 10,000 Steps website and recording your daily steps.

Universities across Australia and New Zealand will compete in this challenge and your involvement will contribute towards team Te Herenga Waka.

Visit the AUHC page to keep an eye out for details about the 2021 challenge, follow us on Facebook to stay up to date, or register your interest by emailing us at university-recreation@vuw.ac.nz.

Round the Bays

Congratulations to all those who joined the Te Herenga Waka team, and took part in Round the Bays 2021.

We will be back in 2022, and 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 university-recreation@vuw.ac.nz.

The Hunter Relay

The Hunter Relay challenge will be returning in 2022. 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 alysa.darby@vuw.ac.nz.

4 peaks, 4 weeks

When: Returning in 2022

Start your time 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 that Wellington has to offer. One lucky participant who climbs four of Wellington’s famous peaks and uploads a photo to Instagram using our hashtag—#4peaks4weeks—will win the ultimate prize. Spot prizes are also up for grabs.

For more information email university-recreation@vuw.ac.nz.

Outdoor Zumba

Outdoor Zumba will be returning in 2022, 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.

Courses and programmes

We offer a range of one-day courses, multi-day programmes, and workshops.

Wahine Toa self-defence workshops

University Recreation Wellington regularly holds self-defence courses throughout the year. These courses 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 take place on Sunday 16 May, 2021 from 10 am until 4 pm, in the MT Foyer, Student Union Building.

To register your interest, email university-recreation@vuw.ac.nz.

Evolution 6

Our six-week healthy lifestyle programme is returning in Trimester 2, 2021 and will help you make positive changes to your overall wellbeing.

Participants team up with our fitness advisors, setting goals, working hard, and having a lot of fun along the way, with the aim of cementing in healthy daily habits.

If you want to feel fitter, leaner, and stronger, then this is the programme for you.

For more information email university-recreation@vuw.ac.nz.