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.

Evolution 6

Our six-week healthy lifestyle programme is returning in Trimester 2, 2021. In six weeks our goal is to help you transform your lifestyle through creating regular exercise and healthy eating habits. These new habits will help improve your overall holistic health.

Attend three group functional training classes, one small team PT session per week and have a University Recreation Combo Membership for the duration of the programme.

New To Our Programme - This year is an option to have participate in a three-week taster of the Evo programme for a discounted price. Take away the building blocks to help establish a positive healthy lifestyle.

For more information email

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.

Tuesday 21 September, 5 pm–6.30 pm

Register online now

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 in 2022.

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

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

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

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

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.


Returning in 2022.

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.

To register your interest for 2022, 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.

The next course is Sunday 19 September, 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. Only register if you are certain you can attend.