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Sport & Recreation at Arana

Arana's sporting programme is busy throughout the year.

Inter-floor challenges

Rugby team.
Arana Women's Rugby Team 2015.

The year begins with inter-floor challenges within Arana in codes such as:

  • Volleyball
  • Indoor soccer
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Indoor hockey
  • Dodgeball (the Warden’s favourite)

Inter-college Collegiate Sports and Cultural

Mens-rugbyArana always does well in inter-college sporting challenges, Unipol inter-college Sports Days and inter-college Swimming Sports days.

Part of our sporting success can be put down to our motto of 'play hard but play fair' in all the games we compete in.

Our rugby teams compete against any challengers from other colleges, and netball and soccer have also proved popular inter-college sports.

Womens-rugbyThe women’s rugby team competes for the Gilbertson Cup against Selwyn, University and Cumberland Colleges.

Recent Inter College Sports Competition - September 2016

Successful competition follow this link to the otago-connection page for more photos and details

Outside clubs and events

Arana residents are always up for a sporting challenge and in recent years staff and residents have entered the local half marathon.


residents chilling out in the main common room

Our small gyms have table tennis, workout equipment and other recreational equipment. You are encouraged to make use of these facilities when you need a break from the students’ hectic life of study.

Pool table, Common Room with surround sound, DVD, Sky Digital and many other recreation facilities are available to residents.

Sports equipment

Sports equipment can be borrowed from reception.

Board games and video games

Any of the board games can be borrowed from reception. X-boxs, PlayStations and Wii games are available to residents. DVD players and a vast DVD collection are available to residents.


Formal music room offers a baby grand piano for you practice or perform upon. There is an additional music room with drums and an upright piano.


Arana is ideally situated to take advantage of the huge potential for outdoor recreation in the South Island.

Ski trips

Female resident on the college ski trip

Our ski trip to Queenstown or Wanaka are affordable,provide two days of good skiing and boarding, and also have options for learners or those who just want to have a fun weekend in the mountains.

Other Central Otago activities

You can add on extras such as jet boating, bungy jumps, off-road motorbiking, a steamboat journey or many of the other fun activities, which Queenstown offers. For many of our North Island and international students, this may be their first trip up to the snow, so we encourage everyone to make the most of this opportunity.

Work Out Rooms

Arana College has a small gym with modern equipment and you are encouraged to make this part of your daily lifestyle here.

Our gym equipment is not really suitable for the dedicated trainee, but more for those who do not have access to equipment and would like to gain confidence before going to a full gym complex such as the Unipol gym (paid for with your University fees).