Support For You


Support For You

Rec Centre

The Ara Sport and Recreation Centre

The Ara Sports and Recreation Centre is committed to providing high quality sports and recreational experiences that benefit Ara students, staff and the wider community.  Reflecting the varied health, fitness and wellness needs of our customers, the Recreation Centre provides extensive access to a broad range of recreational activities and services.

Gym/weights room

The City Campus gym/weights room can be accessed by purchasing a gym membership, allowing full access to a fully equipped gym, including 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.

The gym/weights room is available:

  • Monday - Friday: 6.30 am to 9.00 pm
  • Saturday: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Gym tours/equipment inductions are available Monday and Wednesday at 12:15 pm. Meet in the Whareora foyer area (outside the gym/weights room at City Campus). Tours will take approximately 20 minute and are for people who are interested in viewing the facilities and equipment.

Becoming a Gym Member

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
Student membership pricing:
1 month: $30
3 months: $70 
6 months: $150 
12 months: $200

*These prices may be subject to change.

There is a personal training service available for those who desire specific one-on-one training advice. Please email for more information about this service.

Sports Court

The Ara Sports Court (City Campus) provides the opportunity to play badminton, basketball, volleyball, netball, futsal (indoor football), indoor touch, kīorahi, and perform fitness testing.

The Sports Court is available for free use between:

  • Monday - Friday: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm*

*Unless there is a class booked in/using the court.

The Sports Court also hosts many of Ara's Sports and Recreation events and activities throughout the year. To find out more information about student and community run social sports opportunities on campus, check out the Student Groups page.

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

Sports Equipment Hire

Sports equipment is available for hire to use in the City Campus Sports Court:

When: Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 5.00pm

Where: A green equipment bin inside the sports court.

The following gym equipment is available for hire:

  • basketballs
  • netballs
  • footballs
  • volleyballs

Please note: there are volleyball and badminton nets, and netball hoops available, however we can not set these up given that the court is a multi-purpose shared space during this period.

Social Sports at City Campus

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).

MondayTable Tennis12.00 - 1.00pmFree
TuesdayNetball12.00 - 1.00pmFree
WednesdayVolleyball12.00 - 1.00pmFree
ThursdayFutsal (Indoor Football)12.00 - 1.00pmFree
ThursdayFloorball (Indoor Hockey)5.30 - 7.00pm$2
FridayBasketball12.00 - 1.00pmFree
FridayBadminton4.15 - 6.45pm$2

Fitness studios 

Fitness classes

The Recreation Centre currently offers free boxing and yoga classes to all students. Woolston Campus classes are located in the Autobay area and all City Campus classes are located on the second floor of the Whareora building, in our two fitness studios:

  • W224: Yoga - stress busting, strength building, flexibility enhancing, angst free yoga. Instructed by a qualified yoga Instructor. No experience necessary.
  • W224: Yoga by Kotte - Flow and Yin classes avaialble. Bookings essential –
  • W224: Zumba- a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere.
  • W224: Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. All levels of fitness and experience welcome.
  • W223: Boxing -  fitness class tailored for everyone, using equipment and techniques to get your heart pumping. Instructed by a qualified boxing Instructor. No experience necessary.
Class Day Time Fee
Boxing Fitness (City) Monday 6.45 - 8.00pm $7 Ara, $10 public
Twerkfit (City)Monday5.30 - 6.30pm$10 Ara student and staff
Yoga (Timaru Sports Hall)Monday12.00 - 1.00pmFree
Flow Yoga by Kotte (City)Monday7.15 - 8.15pmAll $12.50 or $29 for unlimited classes per week
Yoga (City)Tuesday12.00 - 1.00pmFree
Yin Yoga by Kotte (City)Tuesday6.00 - 7.00pmAll $12.50 or $29 for unlimited classes per week
Flow Yoga by Kotte (City)Tuesday7.00 - 8.00pmAll $12.50 or $29 for unlimited classes per week
Zumba (City)Wednesday12.00 - 1.00pmFree
Boxing Fitness (City) Wednesday 6.45 - 8.00pm $7 Ara, $10 public
Boxing Fitness (City) Wednesday 12.10 - 1.00pm Free
Flow Yoga by Kotte (City)Wednesday6.30 - 7.30pmAll $12.50 or $29 for unlimited classes per week
Yin Yoga by Kotte (City)Wednesday7.30 - 8.30pmAll $12.50 or $29 for unlimited classes per week
Yoga (City) Thursday 12.00 - 1.00pm Free
Boxing Fitness (Woolston) Thursday 12.00 - 1.00pm Free
Capoeira (City)Thursday7.30 - 8.30pm$7 Ara student & staff, $10 public
Boxing Fitness (City) Friday 12.00 - 1.00pm Free
Boot Camp (City Sports Court)Saturday9.30 - 10.30am$5 Ara student & staff


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 Team Leader).