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, 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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to all those who took part in the 2021 challenge. We look forward to seeing you back with us from 5 September for the 2022 six week challenge.

Visit the AUHC page to keep an eye out for details about the 2022 challenge, follow us on Facebook to stay up to date, or register your interest by emailing us at

6-week Spring Forward Challenge

Our six-week healthy lifestyle programme is returning in Trimester 2 2022. In six weeks our goal is to help you enhance your overall wellbeing by building healthy sustainable habits.

During this challenge, you will have access to weekly check-ins with a Fitness Advisor, small group trainings, fortnightly workshops, personalised workouts and, a University Recreation Combo Membership.

We look forward to having you on board!

For more information email


Returning from 5 September until 5 October 2022!

We're promoting health and wellbeing by encouraging all of our students, staff and community to explore 5 of our favourite Wellington bays, and win some amazing weekly prizes along the way and a grand prize up for grabs 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

Glow Zumba

Dress up in neon or white to glow, get creative with our neon paint station, and enjoy this cardio-dance workout which will be taking place on Tuesday 13 September in the Boyd Wilson Arena. Gates open 4:45pm with the event starting at 5:30pm.

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

Tickets on sale from Kelburn Recreation Centre or Pipitea Fitness reception from Monday 29 August! Email  for more information.

Round the Bays

Congratulations to all those who joined the Te Herenga Waka team and took part in the virtual Round the Bays 2022.

We will be back in 2023, 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

4 peaks, 4 weeks

When: Returning in 2023!

Up for a challenge?

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 and peaks that Wellington and New Zealand has to offer. In order to go into the draw to win weekly prizes, you must 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.

For more information email

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

Outdoor Zumba

Outdoor Zumba will be returning in 2023, 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.

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 is Sunday 7 August, 10 am–4 pm.

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

This is a free course for students, but spaces are limited. Register your interest at