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City Campus Sport and Recreation Centre

A healthy body can help to have a healthy mind.

The Sport and recreation centre at our City Campus is available for you to get fit or just unwind and have fun with your fellow students with a gym, social sports and free fitness classes.

For more serious athletes or people with specific needs (such as nutrition or training requirements), The Zone has state of the art facilities to help you understand your health and fitness, how to improve and get the results you may want to achieve.


The City campus gym/weights room can be accessed by purchasing a gym membership. This gives you full access to a fully equipped gym including a wide variety of weights machines, free weights and cardio equipment such as treadmills, cross-trainers, rowing machines and spin bikes.

The gym/weights room is available:

  • Monday - Friday: 6am to 9pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Becoming a gym member

  Casual/Single Session 1 month 3 month 6 month 12 month
Student $10 $40 $105 $180 $300
Staff   $50 $120 $210 $350

Terms & Conditions:

To be eligible for an Ara student or staff gym membership, you must be over the age of 16 years and currently:

  • Studying at Secondary School or a Tertiary Institution

To join or renew your membership, follow the steps below:

  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 (you'll be issued one if you don't have one already)

Please email for more information about this service.

Gym tour

Gym tours (15 mins only) are available on Monday & Wednesday, between 7.00 am -2.00 pm and Friday 3.00 -7.00 pm.  To book a tour, please email:

For individualised coaching, a personal training service is available. We have a range of packages available to help meet individuals specific needs.

For more information, please complete Expression of Interest form or email:

The Centre provides the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and recreation activities throughout the year. These include badminton, basketball, volleyball, netball, futsal (indoor football), indoor touch and kīorahi. Students are welcomed to participate in the scheduled events.

Social sports schedule 2020

To help increase students physical wellbeing and activity, the City Campus Centre offers a weekly schedule of free group fitness classes.

Group fitness class schedule 2020

All City campus facilities and classes are located in the Whareora building.

Please refer to the campus locations to know where to find us.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Recreation Centre team at or phone 03 940 8352 (Recreation Centre Manager).

Gym Memberships

In Timaru, students and staff can access discounted memberships at Snap Fitness or Rok Fitness. To redeem either offer, present your Ara ID at your chosen gym.

Snap Fitness

$13.99 per week (normally $16.44)
$25 joining fee (normally $148)
No contract, cancel within 7 days

Rok Fitness

$11.99 per week
5% discount on any 3, 6 or 12 month membership
No joining fee

Rock Climbing at Timaru Campus

Please refer to Timaru Rock Climbing page for full details.

Contact details

Phone: 03 940 8352


Whareora, City campus
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