Sport and Wellbeing

The Sport and Wellbeing group manages and maintains the University's sport facilities and wellbeing services on campus for the benefit of the University of Waikato's students and staff and the wider university community. This includes key recreation assets on campus the Hamilton campus (UniRec, sports grounds/courts and swimming pools); plus key services such as University Sports Clubs, Social Sport, Inter-Faculty sport, Inter-Tertiary sport, Inter-Hall sport and the University Staff wellness programme.


UniRec is a gym and recreational facility located on the University of Waikato Hamilton campus which caters for students, staff and community members. The team of fitness, rehab and sport experts is dedicated to making a difference to people's lives, helping them achieve their fitness and wellbeing goals. The environment is friendly, supportive and inclusive.

The facility includes Endless Pools™; squash courts, cardio and weights equipment, group exercise classes including yoga, a sports hall for court games and a general activity room. It also has a spin cycle studio and High Performance Room - equipped with everything required to help you perform in every facet of life.

For more information, visit the UniRec website:, or email:, or phone: (07) 838 4177.
Location: University of Waikato campus, Gate 1, Knighton Road, Hamilton

Tauranga Campus - Gym and recreational facilities

Gym memberships for University of Waikato staff and students in Tauranga will be available through our partner gym providers. The Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre (QEYC) is a 20 minute walk or five minute cycle from Tauranga central campus and will be the home of free weekly drop-in sport and other social sport opportunities.
For more information, visit:, or email:

Sports on Campus

Sport and Wellbeing offers many opportunities for students to get into sports; whether this is as a high performance athlete, being involved with clubs on campus or simply being a social exerciser. Our webstie shows how students can be involved with sporting events and tournments which include both social and competitive sporting fun and much more.

For more information, visit:; or email

University of Waikato (UW) Sports Clubs

University of Waikato sports clubs include traditional sports such as rugby, netball, basketball, hockey, football, rowing and cricket, as well as other less traditional clubs including lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, snow and ski, and kendo.

For more information on UW sports clubs and community clubs, visit:, or email

Social Sport

Hamilton's largest Social Sport league conveniently takes place on the Hamilton campus. Leagues run all year round, with indoor leagues taking place between March and October, and Outdoor leagues running from November until the following March. Indoor runs in six-week blocks, offering indoor netball and futsal. Outdoor runs for a full 14 weeks over summer, and offers touch and football. Teams play against those with similar ability and all teams are mixed gender.

For more information, visit:, or email:

Students on the Tauranga campus will be supported to join a team into local social sport leagues. If interested, email

Inter-Halls, Inter-Faculty and Inter-Tertiary Sport

Sport and Wellbeing offer many opportunities for students to represent their University Hall, University Faculty and the University of Waikato. Inter-Hall Sport sees nine sporting tournaments throughout each year, run on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon on the Hamilton campus. These tournaments create a fun and friendly rivalry among the four University Halls. Inter-Faculty Sport gives students an opportunity to play for their University Faculty in a fun day of sporting competition with four to five events per year played. Inter-Tertiary Sport provides an opportunity for competitive, high performing students to represent the University of Waikato at the University and Tertiary Sport NZ (UTSNZ) National Tertiary Championship events, which currently has nine different sporting events.

For more information, visit:, or email:

Sports Facilities - Hamilton Campus

Fields, Touch, Rugby and Football

The University of Waikato fields are the largest of any New Zealand University. They cater for a range of recreation and sporting activities including the Social Sport outdoor league and act as the home fields of the University of Waikato Rugby Football Club, Unicol Football Club and the Hamilton Cricket Association.
For more information, visit:, or email:

Cricket Nets

There are three cricket nets situated by the Sports Pavilion available for use. These are run by the Hamilton Cricket Association. To make a booking, call the Hamilton Cricket Association Office on (07) 856 6009, or email Janice Fraser:

Courts - Basketball, Netball, Tennis and Squash

There are four tennis courts available on campus during the summer months (reduced to one over winter) and three floodlit netball courts available during winter. Two basketball courts are available all year round. Two squash courts are available at the Sports Pavilion via 24 hour swipe key access. Sign up for a squash pavilion membership at UniRec to receive a swipe card. Once you are a member you can make a squash court booking here:, or email: for more information about squash pavilion membership.

University of Waikato Swimming Pool

The outdoor swimming pool complex on campus includes a 50 metre leisure pool and a dive pool. The season operates from 1 December until 31 March each year. The pools are open December and January, seven days from 12pm-6pm / February and March Monday to Friday 1pm-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-6pm. The pools can be accessed through Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton and are free to UniRec members.

For more information, visit:, or email, or phone (07) 838 4335.

Sports Facilities - Tauranga Campus

The Tauranga CBD Campus is located close to the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre (QEYC) and the Memorial Pool. Tauranga’s beaches, river and cycleways offer students and staff the perfect playground.

High Performance Sport and Performing Arts

The University is committed to supporting high performance athletes and performers across all disciplines and aims to provide opportunities for students to excel in both academic and sporting or performing arts endeavours. The Student-Athlete Support Hub (SASH) staff can offer assistance to students trying to balance their training, competitions and study, and is available for liaising with academic staff, scholarship providers and sporting bodies.
For more information, phone: (07) 838 4264, visit: or email:

Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness is recognised internationally as being an integral part of work-life balance. The University of Waikato staff wellness programme managed by Sport and Wellbeing is focused on empowering staff to make informed healthy life choices. This is achieved through monthly activities including activity tasters, seminars and workshops.
For more information, visit the Health and Wellbing website:, or email

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