Wanaka Recreation Centre

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Wanaka Recreation Centre opened in July 2016 to provide a community sports and recreation hub for the Upper Clutha. An adjoining three-pool aquatic facility opened in June 2018.

Normal operating hours are:

Monday to Friday: 6.00am - 9.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8.00am - 8.00pm

Phone: 03 443 9334
Email: wrc@qldc.govt.nz


Wanaka's home of sport and recreation

This extensive facility complements the community’s rich sporting culture and rapid growth in population.

The smoke-free complex is now established as the Upper Clutha's hub for community sports, events and programmes including social sport leagues. Whether you want to shoot a few hoops, hold a tournament or arrange weekly training, Wanaka Recreation Centre offers a variety of options and equipment to suit locals and visitors alike.  

Other facilities will be added to the facility over time in line with the masterplan project announced in December 2018.



Wanaka Recreation Centre is located on Sir Tim Wallis Drive off Ballantyne Road and will soon be accessible from SH84 near Puzzling World. Ample free parking is available on site.

Wanaka Recreation Centre
41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive


Indoor sports hall

The indoor sports hall includes the following full-size court configurations:

  • 2x basketball
  • 2x netball
  • 3x volleyball
  • 4x badminton
  • 2x tennis

Other features of the indoor sports hall include:

  • Rebound ace ‘impact’ flooring
  • Centre curtain between court one and court two
  • Lockable storage facilities
  • Tiered seating for 250 people
  • The hall can be configured for events to cater for 600 people seated banquet style, with a greater provisional occupancy. The total available floor area is 1,564m².


Outdoor multi sports turf

A purpose-built, artificial, sand-based turf is fully fenced with lighting, storage facilities and toilets on site. Court configurations include:

  • 1x hockey pitch, 55m x 43m including full size training D
  • 3x netball courts
  • 3x tennis courts


Reception and meeting roomwrc facility meeting room

Our customer services team is located in the foyer. Light refreshments are available at customer services. There are toilets, showers and changing facilities, including separate accessible facilities.  

A 41m² meeting room is available for hire, featuring a 12-person foldaway boardroom table, audio visual display, a kitchenette and Wi-Fi. 


Bookings, prices and contact

Our customer services team can assist all bookings and enquiries:

For information on prices for bookings and casual entry click here.

Keep up to date with the progress at Wanaka Recreation Centre by referring to this webpage or following QLDC on Facebook.


Alcohol-free environment

QLDC promotes an alcohol-free environment at Wanaka Recreation Centre. Our objective is to minimise potential harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol. We recognise there may be occasions where it is appropriate for alcohol on the premises; we will permit the sale and consumption of alcohol when there is an alcohol licence in place.

To apply for an alcohol licence for your event or function, please visit QLDC’s website or phone your local Licensing Inspector on 03 443 0024.


Funding partners

Central Lakes Trust Otago Community Trust QLDC logo web

Three Parks site

Wanaka Recreation Centre is situated at the Three Parks mixed-use site off Ballantyne Road.


Original Consultation Material

View the full summary for the Wanaka Sports Facility (319KB)