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Sport at Waikato

Waikato is the place to be if sport is a big part of your life.

Sports opportunities on campus are endless and cater for people wanting to socialise and have fun, through to the elite. A large number of clubs are based on campus, including the University rugby, netball, hockey, rowing, soccer, cricket and ski clubs.

Sports facilities include:

  • UniRec – on-campus gym, endless pools, squash courts and sports hall
  • University of Waikato Pool – 50m and diving pool
  • Courts – squash, tennis and netball
  • Sports Fields – cricket, rugby and football
  • Indoor Cricket Facility

Sporting events include:

  • New Zealand University Games
  • New Zealand Rowing Championships
  • University Blues Awards
  • Interhall Challenges
  • Inter-University Challenge
  • Snow and ski events

Sport on campus


A bit of action in your life will help you balance study and play. The UniRec is one of the best-equipped gyms in the region and it's right here on campus. With a student discount, you can take time out of your busy lecture schedule for a stress-releasing workout or just hang out with your friends in the fully-equipped sports hall.

As a member you get to enjoy:

  • Squash and basketball courts
  • Endless pool
  • Group exercise classes including REV (indoor cycling) and zumba classes
  • Cardio studio, with Sky TV and an extensive range of cardio gear
  • Spacious weights room with machine and free weights
  • Discounts on an extensive range of activity courses, including kickboxing, pilates matwork and yoga.

Social Sports

The Social Sport series is a great way to make new friends, meet like-minded people and play sport at a social level. Sporting prowess is not a prerequisite but the desire to have fun is a must! You can choose to be part of the following:

Indoor Social Sport:

  • Netball
  • Soccer

Outdoor Social Sport:

  • Touch
  • Six-a-side soccer

High Performance Students

Many of New Zealand's sporting, creative and performing arts high achievers have studied at Waikato and we put a lot of effort into supporting them. Current or former students include Nathan Cohen, Santiago Cañón Valencia, Stephen Donald, Laura Langman, Edward King and Jamie Fitzgerald. The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme will ensure this tradition continues.

It represents the University's commitment to building well-rounded graduates and supporting high performance students across sporting, creative and performing arts, leadership and academic endeavours. The University is part of the Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network and its High Performance Student Manager helps students balance their training, competitions and study, and liaises with academic staff, scholarship providers and sporting bodies.


Erin Cooper, Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies


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