Our services

The University of Waikato Sports Science lab provides specialist measurement services to athletes such as cyclists, triathletes, rowers, kayakers and runners.

Typically, athletes visit us wishing to gain an insight into their current physiological status using measures of VO2max, blood lactate response, or a combination of both.

The University of Waikato has two sport science labs:

  1. Home of Cycling Avantidrome, Cambridge
  2. Adams Centre for High Performance, Mount Maunganui. Individual and team sport athletes preparing for competition at altitude and/or hotter environments will benefit from use of the environmental chamber (only available at the Adams Centre) to help acclimation and improve key physiology markers.


Mon-Fri - 8am to 5pm. Appointments may be made outside of these hours with prior arrangement.

Sports Lab Home of Cycling

The University of Waikato - Sports Science Laboratory

Hanlin Road, Cambridge
Postal Address: C/- Avantidrome, PO Box 919, Cambridge, 3450

Home of Cycling

15 Hanlin Road, Cambridge, 3283.

Adams Centre for High Performance

52 Miro Street, Mount Maunganui, 3116.

Sports Science

The University of Waikato Sports Science laboratory, He Puna Oranga Tinana, provides specialist fitness testing services for recreational to high performance athletes, sports teams and schools.

Athletes visit He Puna Oranga Tinana to gain an insight into their current physiological status using measures of anaerobic/aerobic capacity and efficiency, speed, agility, strength and power. This information can be used to set training zones, monitor performance and to guide training programmes to ensure athletes are training efficiently and effectively.

Our cutting edge testing equipment includes a metabolic cart (to test VO2max and other metabolic indices), a range of high-end testing ergometers (kayak, cycling, rowing and running), blood lactate analysis equipment, field testing technology (GPS, wireless timing lights, vertical jump equipment) as well as biomechanics technology (force platforms, force transducers) which enable us to test many difference components of athletic performance. We also run seminars catering for athletes and coaches wishing to understand the application of data to a training program.

Specialist packages can be designed for schools wishing to provide their students with unique education offerings in an applied high performance setting.

Menu of Assessments

Field Testing Services

The University of Waikato Sports Science lab offers field-testing for team sports and individuals. This includes sprint speed, agility and jump height to assess athletic performance. We are also able to run beep or yo-yo tests for measurement of aerobic ability.

Test* Cost ($) Description
Speed test $115 Test using timing lights
Change of Direction $115 Test using timing lights
Jump $115 Vertical test (Vertec) and horizontal test (broad jump)
Speed and jump $200 Testing using timing gates and Jump testing
Aerobic $115 Yo-yo test, shuttle run, 30-15 or a repeated sprint test
Comprehensive $250 Speed, Jump, and Aerobic

* Up to 20 athletes per test

All prices are GST inclusive

Additional services available at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance (Tauranga)

Additional services available at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance (Tauranga)

  • Heat Acclimation
  • Altitude Acclimation
  • Heat and Altitude Acclimation

Our qualified, knowledgeable and experienced staff will guide you through the preparation, training and recovery process from heat and altitude exposure. Training using either heat or altitude is an incredibly time efficient method to increase key physiological parameters. The chamber is only one of a handful in New Zealand with the ability to combine both heat and altitude in the one room. Our resident experts are experienced in both heat and altitude training and will ensure you have the most efficient sessions to maximise your training time.

Contact details

Shannon O'Donnell

Sports Science Laboratory Manager
Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance