Te Whare a-Rēhia City campus Sport and Recreation Centre

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The sport and recreation centre at the Ara City campus on Madras Street provides high quality sport and recreational experiences for the benefit of Ara students, staff and the wider community. The broad range of recreational activities and services offered reflects the varied health, fitness and wellness needs of recreation centre customers.

Gym/Weights Room

You can access the City campus gym/weights room by purchasing a gym membership. This gives you full access to a well-appointed gym with a wide variety of weights machines, free weights and cardio equipment including treadmills, cross-trainers, rowing machines, spin bikes and a new state of-the-art Adaptive Motion Trainer.

To join or to renew your membership, follow these steps:

  1. Complete a gym membership form, available from the Whareora building or Rakaia Centre Atrium (City campus).
  2. Take the form and make your payment at the City campus Student Finance Office. Payment can be made by cash or EFTPOS. Currently we do not have an online payment option.
  3. Go to the City campus Security Desk to have your gym membership loaded onto your Student ID Card.

Membership pricing:

1 month 3 month 6 month 12 month
Student $30 $70 $150 $200
Staff    $175 $250
Community   $120 $190 $350

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Friday: 6.30am to 9pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 4pm
  • Sunday: closed

Gym tours and equipment inductions are available Monday and Wednesday at 12.15pm. Meet in the Whareora foyer area (outside the gym/weights room at City campus). Tours take approximately 20 minutes.

Personal Trainers

Personal training services are available if you require specific one-on-one training advice. For further information, including pricing, please contact reccentre@ara.ac.nc.

Sports Court

The sports court provides the opportunity to play badminton, basketball, volleyball, netball, futsal (indoor football), indoor touch, kīorahi, and perform fitness testing.

The court is available for free use Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm unless there is a class booked to use it.

Sports court rules

  • Only non-marking footwear is allowed on the court (no street footwear permitted)
  • No food or drink is to be consumed on the court, except bottled water

Sports Court Bookings (City Campus)

Sports court bookings for students' sports and recreation activities must be arranged with your tutor who must use the timetabling booking system to book and confirm the session. We recommend your tutor supervises the activity.

Sports Equipment Hire (City Campus)

Sports equipment is available for hire to use in the sports court: 

When: Monday to Firday: 12pm-1pm and 3pm-3.15pm

Where: Basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and netballs are available to use within the Whareora Sports Court (not to be removed) during opening hours. Please find this equipment in a green bin inside the sports court doors.


Please note: due to health and safety requirements, the basketball hoops must only be moved and installed by a recreation centre staff member. There is a set schedule for moving the hoops. Please find the current schedule on the sports court doors.   


Volleyball and badminton nets and netball hoops are also available for use and require a staff member to access this equipment and help set it up. This can be arranged for scheduled social sports court bookings. Please contact reccentre@ara.ac.nz to discuss this.

Social Sports

The sports court hosts many of our sports and recreation events and activities throughout the year. The following are student or community-run social sports opportunities which are free for you to join at your leisure (no sign-up is needed). For up-to-date information on current groups, or how to start a group, visit the Student Groups.

Social SportDayTimeFee
Table TennisMonday12pm-1pmFree
FloorballThursday5.30pm-7pm$2 Ara student, $8 community member
BadmintonFriday4.15pm-6.45pm$2 Ara student, $8 community member

Please feel free to put forward your suggestions for a social sports group to the Recreation Centre team.  Send your suggestions through to reccentre@ara.ac.nz

Group Fitness Classes

The City Campus recreation centre currently offers boxing and yoga classes to all students. All classes are located in the fitness studios on the second floor of the Whareora building (unless stated otherwise).

Yoga - Christchurch

Stress busting, strength building, flexibility enhancing, angst-free yoga. No experience necessary. In the Whareora, room W224.

Day Time Fee
Monday 12pm-1pm Staff only - free
Tuesday 12pm-1pm Students only - free
Wednesday 5.15pm-6.15pm Staff only - free
Thursday 12pm-1pm Students only - free

Yoga by Kotte - Christchurch

Flow and Yin classes. Bookings essential – yogabykotte.com In the Whareora, room W224.

Day Time Fee
Monday 7.15pm-8.15pm Flow - $12.50 (or $29 for unlimited classes per week)
Tuesday 6pm-7pm Yin - $12.50 (or $29 for unlimited classes per week)
Tuesday 7pm-8pm Flow - $12.50 (or $29 for unlimited classes per week)
Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm Flow - $12.50 (or $29 for unlimited classes per week)
Wednesday 7.30pm-8.30pm Yin - $12.50 (or $29 for unlimited classes per week)

Yoga - Timaru

Vinyasa flow classes, Gymnasium, TG Block

Monday 12:10pm-1pm Students and staff - free


Fitness class tailored for everyone, using equipment and techniques to get your heart pumping. No experience necessary. Instructed by qualified Olympic boxing coach Paul Fitzsimmons (Fitzy). In the Whareora, room W223.

Day Time Fee
Monday 6.45pm-8pm Students and staff $7
Community $10
Wednesday 6.45pm-8pm Students and staff $7
Community $10
Wednesday 12pm-1pm Students and staff only - free
Thursday 12pm-1pm (at Woolston campus) Students and staff only - free
Friday 12pm-1pm Students and staff only - free


Zumba is a fun and easy dance class with simple moves that get you active. Whareora, room W224.

Wednesday 12pm-1pm Students and staff - free


Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. All levels of fitness and experience welcome. Whareora, room W224.

Thursday 7.30pm-8.30pm Students and staff - $7 per session
Community $10 per session

Boot camp

Fitness 'boot camp' for staff and students. All Fitness levels welcome. Whareora, Sports court.

Saturday 9.30am-10.30am Students and staff - $5 per session

Our City campus Health Centre (located in the Whareora) offers a physiotherapy service. This included acute/chronic injury management, acupuncture, strapping, post-operative rehabilitation, sport and work related injury rehabilitation. To book an appointment, please contact the Health Centre on 03 940 7566. To view our fees see the Health Centre.

For more information or to pass on feedback about the Recreation Centre's sports and recreational facilities, services and classes, please contact the Recreation Centre team at reccentre@ara.ac.nz.

Contact details


Whareora, City campus

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