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.
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:
- Complete a gym membership form, available from the Whareora building or Rakaia Centre Atrium (City campus).
- 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.
- Go to the City campus Security Desk to have your gym membership loaded onto your Student ID Card.
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- 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 training services are available if you require specific one-on-one training advice. For further information, including pricing, please contact email@example.com.
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: Equipment is available from the office opposite the Gym/Weights Room (City Campus) during opening hours. Equipment must be returned to the equipment drop-box in the sports court no later than 5pm the day of hire.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this.
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.
Outdoor Leisure Club
This student-led group gives students many opportunities to meet new people, see new places and enjoy a variety of generously subsidized outdoor activities and events. Contact email@example.com and like the Facebook page to keep up to date with events.
Friday 4.45pm-6.45pm. All levels welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Cost $2/person.
Thursday 8pm-9.30pm. All levels welcome. Contact: email@example.com for more information. Cost $2/Ara student, $8/community member.
Social Futsal League
Thursday 12pm-1pm, free. You don't need to have played futsal before and all levels are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or just come along on any Thursday to check it out.
Tuesday 12pm-1pm, free. You don't need to have played Netball before and all levels are welcome. Contact: email@example.com or just come along on any Tuesday to check it out.
If you'd like to start a social volleyball group for 2016, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We can make a court booking for you, and help to advertise your group.
Please feel free to put forward your suggestions for a social sports group to the Recreation Centre team. Send your suggestions through to email@example.com
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.
|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 - Timaru
Vinyasa flow classes, Gymnasium, TG Block
|Monday||12:10pm-1pm||Staff and students - 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.
Students and staff $7|
|Tuesday||12pm-1pm (at Woolston campus)||Staff and students only - free|
Students and staff $7|
|Wednesday||12pm-1pm||Staff and students only - free|
|Friday||12pm-1pm||Staff and students only - free|
Zumba is a fun and easy dance class with simple moves that get you active. Whareora, room W224.
|Wednesday||12pm-1pm||Staff and students - free|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.