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.


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

Round the Bays

Round the Bays 2021 will be taking place on the 21 February around Wellington's waterfront.

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

Once you cross the finish line, you are welcome at the University's picnic site and can enjoy refreshments, food, and spot prizes.

To find out more or register visit the website, or for more information email University Recreation Wellington at

The Hunter Relay

The Hunter Relay challenge will be returning in 2021. 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

Outdoor Zumba

Outdoor Zumba will be returning in 2021, watch this space for updates.

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

Glow Zumba

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.

Returning in 2021.

4 peaks, 4 weeks

When: returning in March 2021

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

We’re challenging all students to get out and explore some of the great views that Wellington has to offer. One lucky student who climbs four of Wellington’s famous peaks in the first four weeks of Trimester 1 and uploads a photo to Instagram using our hashtag—#4peaks4weeks—will win the ultimate prize. Spot prizes are also up for grabs.

Click the box below to access the form.

Australasian University Health Challenge

Each year Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington take 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

Courses and programmes

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

Evolution 6

Our six-week healthy lifestyle programme is returning in Trimester 1, 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

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.

Upcoming course dates to be released soon.

To register your interest email