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Venues and Services

Recreation Services has a number of venues for active and passive recreation and sport available for students, staff, alumni, and members of the community. We provide a range of services such as equipment hire and locker hire.

If you would like to make a booking or request more information about one of our spaces, please email

The University is also adjacent to a number of recreation and sport facilities provided by Wellington City Council.

Recreation Centre

Our Recreation Centre on Kelburn Campus is the home of sport and recreation for Victoria.

Our Centre includes a the main gym, Stretching Room, Fitness Centre, Dance Room, Longroom with climbing wall, and Activities Space. Check out each space for size, activities and amenities.

Opening Hours:

February - October

  • Monday-Thursday: 6am-10.30pm
  • Friday: 6am - 8pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9am-6pm

October - February

  • Monday-Thursday: 6.30am-9.30pm
  • Friday: 6.30am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9am-6pm

Pipitea Fitness

Located on the basement level of Rutherford House, Pipitea Fitness is the latest addition to Recreation Services at Victoria.

A fitness studio provides a comprehensive selection of machine, free weights and cardio equipment.



Opening Hours:

February - October

  • Monday-Thursday: 7am-7pm
  • Friday: 7am - 5pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Trimester Breaks

  • Monday-Thursday: 12-7pm
  • Friday: 12pm - 5pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed


Lockers are available for hire on a first-come first-served basis.  You need to supply your own padlock, and contents left in expired lockers will be removed and taken to the City Mission after 1 month.

Locker hire rates:

1 Trimester     $30


Equipment Hire

Recreation Services has a wide range of sports equipment for hire and loan.

  • Volleyballs
  • Soccer balls
  • Rugby/Touch balls
  • Basketballs
  • Ultimate discs
  • Badminton gear
  • Netballs
  • Team bibs
  • Skipping ropes
  • Table tennis bats and balls
  • Cricket gear
  • Tennis racquets and balls

All equipment requires an ID card for security.

Any equipment taken from the Recreation Centre requires booking and also has associated hireage fees.

Discount rates are available for group hireage.

Main Gym

The Main Gym provides for structured and unstructured sport and recreation. Gym configurations include:

  • 1 x basketball court
  • 1 x netball court
  • 4 x badminton courts
  • 2 x volleyball

Indoor soccer, korfball, ultimate and Fight-Do classes also use this gym.

Floor area: 652m2

Fitness Centre

Our Fitness Centre contains a full range of machine and free weights as well as a comprehensive selection of cardio equipment.

Check out our membership options for the Fitness Centre.

Floor area: 272m2

Activities Space

Beside Reception the Activities Space is an open area available for casual use.

  • 2 x Table tennis
  • Club Meetings
  • Chill-out space

Floor area: 145m2

Dance Room

The Dance Room has a purpose-built wooden floor, mirrors and stage.

This room is used mainly for our Group Exercise classes, martial arts clubs, and dance groups.

This room is available for hire.

Floor area: 310m2


The Long Room, located on Level One of the Recreation Centre, is multi-purpose space suitable for boxing,  fitness programmes, martial arts and more.

Floor area: 200m2

Climbing Wall

A great bouldering wall, located in the Longroom is available for club or casual use.

Boyd-Wilson Arena

Redeveloped in 2008, the Boyd-Wilson Arena has an artificial grass surface that covers 560 square metres.  The Arena is perfect for Rugby, Rugby League, Football and Touch.

Boyd-Wilson Field & Clubrooms

The Boyd-Wilson Field rugby field and clubrooms, the home of Old Boys University Rugby, is located on the lower city-side of the Kelburn Campus. 

There are two changing rooms located in the clubrooms down in the Boyd-Wilson complex.

Access from Wai-te-ata Rd (vehicles) or from Te Aro School or Devon Street (pedestrian).

Tennis Courts & Pavillion

Located adjacent to the University on Salamanca Rd, the WCC Kelburn Tennis Courts and Pavillion are leased to the University.

During the summer months tennis nets are permanently installed.  Tennis racquets and balls are available for hire from the Recreation Centre.

Over winter, the courts are used for Netball.

The Tennis Pavillion is a great venue for club meetings and martial arts training.

Pipitea Fitness Dance Room

Air conditioned room with a carpeted 12m X 8m floor.  Full length mirrors and a sound system.

Karori Campus Gym

The Karori Campus Gym offers a facility suitable for:

  • Basketball
  • 3 x badminton courts
  • Volleyball
  • Indoor Soccer


Karori Dance Room

A purpose built dance studio, the Karori Dance Room is used for martial arts training as well as community dance classes.

Karori Netball Courts

Located at the Karori Campus, the 6 netball/tennis courts are available for club and community use.


Kelburn Park

Kelburn Park is adjacent to the University and is home to the University Cricket Club.

The Park is managed by Wellington City Council but is used for cricket, soccer, touch and ultimate.  The Park also has a fitness trail.

Karori Swimming Pool

Karori Pool is at 22 Donald Street and is also managed by the Wellington City Council. It features a 25-metre heated indoor pool, a toddlers' and teaching pool with water features, and a spa pool.

Open seven days a week from 6.00am - 9.00pm, apart from Christmas Day.

More Information

22 Donald Street
(04) 476 5400
(04) 476 5409