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Recreation Hub Motivates Activity

A new community and recreation hub close to the centre of Wānaka has created fresh opportunities for people to connect and get active. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has transformed the former Mitre 10 building on Plantation Road into Paetara Aspiring Central.nQLDC Community Services general manager Kenneth Bailey says there has been a busy programme of activities since the official opening in October 2023.

“The facility features two multi-use indoor courts, a separate studio that can be used for dance, yoga and fitness classes, or as a meeting space, and dedicated areas for Kahu Youth and Aspiring Gymsports.”

“It was challenging at times to convert a ‘big box’ retail building into a community space that’s fit for purpose, but we’re really happy with the end result that’s already established itself as a new home for many local clubs and groups.”

Kenneth says there are regular sessions for pickleball which is fast growing in popularity in both New Zealand and globally.

“People can also book a court in advance and bring along their mates for some practice or just for fun. Table tennisand karate plus three yoga sessions a week are also available.”

Paetara Aspiring Central is open Monday to Saturday. For full details of opening times and programmes visit