Whare Hākinakina

Lincoln University Gym


LU Gym ticks all the boxes

The upgraded gym facility caters to the wellness needs of everyone in the community.


Yoga in the Gym

The dedicated yoga room has plenty of light and beautiful campus views.


Indoor track

To allow training in any weather, the multi-purpose gym space includes a training track.

Whare Hakinakina was unveiled by Hon Grant Robertson on 17 June 2021

Official opening

Whare Hākinakina was unveiled by Hon Grant Robertson on 17 June 2021.

The Lincoln University sport and recreation centre, a renowned and longstanding national hub of sporting excellence where high-performance athletes come to sharpen their competitive edge, was expanded and modernised in 2020/21 to further enhance its reputation as a welcoming and all-inclusive community asset. 

The redeveloped gym, renamed Whare Hākinakina, was officially unveiled by the Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson on Thursday 17 June 2021. 

Whare Hākinakina is integral to Lincoln’s celebrated campus life and is the cornerstone of the University’s acclaimed sport and recreation study programmes, including its sport scholarships which provide our student-athletes with well-rounded programmes to develop their physical, intellectual and personal performances. 

The redeveloped facility offers our students, staff and community a comprehensive array of services and equipment to develop their fitness and nourish their physical and mental health: 

  • Purpose-built RPM room 
  • Enlarged and modernised changing areas 
  • All-weather multi-code artificial turf 
  • Indoor training track 
  • Dedicated yoga room 
  • The Trip – fully immersive cycling workout through digitally-created worlds 
  • Refurbished squash courts 
  • Multi-purpose training spaces 
  • Massage and physiotherapy services 
  • Nutrition-focused retail outlet 
  • Sport science living lab 

Central to Whare Hākinakina’s high-performance positioning is its state-of-the-art Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory. Here athletes/coaches and scientists come together to understand why elite athletes achieve great performances, how their performances can be even further lifted, and ultimately how to translate this knowledge into winning outcomes for individual athletes on game day. 

The impact of Lincoln’s leading-edge sport science and research capability stretches even further, as the university’s hi-tech measurement equipment can be used for fitness testing and health assessment services for the entire Lincoln community.