YMCA Hamilton Recreation Centre

At YMCA Hamilton, we welcome everyone!

At YMCA Hamilton we offer a wide range of programmes and so there's something for everyone!

YMCA Hamilton has a long history of being a central and influential part of the community, enriching lives and encouraging health and well-being through fitness, education, fun and recreation.

We believe that strong families have fun and stay healthy together. The fitness facilities and programmes on offer at YMCA Hamilton will help to get your family moving together. We have programmes for children and adults and families, a fully equipped fitness centre, group fitness classes and boxing academy and a range of membership options to suit your needs. We also promote and facilitate a variety of community based programmes enjoyed by people from all walks of life and all ages with our Jumpstart diabetes and Y-Gold seniors programme.

It’s so important to give kids the best possible start in life, and that’s why we offer a fantastic range of kids’ programmes. We have gymnastics, dance, hip-hop and parkour for children plus cool before and after school care and holiday programmes. 

To build strong communities, YMCA Hamilton believes in providing facilities and services to help communities get together including casual use of the basketball courts to shoot some hoops! If you need a venue in Hamilton, whether it’s for a children’s birthday party, sports tournament or corporate functions we can help you out.

At our central location we have free, off-street parking, making our centre an easy option for families and individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Come and check us out – we’d love to meet you and your family! 



36 Pembroke Street

Hamilton, 3244



Operating Hours

Monday - Thursday
5:30am - 9:00pm
5:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday - Sunday
8:00am - 4:00pm


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YMCA Hamilton Recreation Centre Facilities

Fitness Centre

YMCA Hamilton Fitness Centre has equipment that will get you on track to reaching whatever fitness aspirations you have, with REPs qualified Personal trainers to help you along the way. Casual fitness for only $12 per visit. Casual sauna for only $8 per visit.

Come in today and check out Hamiltons best community fitness Centre!

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Group Exercise Classes

With over 25 classes a week you can learn new boxing skills, have a quick high intensity work out with METAFIT, enjoy the zen of Re-flex, take a ride with spin, or gain functional movement through Pilates and Yoga and much more!

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Jumpstart participants will attend educational sessions which covers a range of topics from understanding diabetes, what to look out for and the importance of exercise in managing your diabetes. There will also be nutritional advice run by the program leader from meal planning to reading food labels. Participants will have access to local health providers for additional support.

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Y-Gold is a targeted gym based programme for over 60’s designed to support independent lifestyles. The programme offers a strong social atmosphere and is based on individual functional movement, and is followed by a cup of tea to follow!

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Personal Training

Achieve greater results faster with a fully tailored programme coupled with the expertise, motivation and support of a dedicated personal trainer. All of our Personal Trainers are REPs qualified and have a wealth of knowledge to share with all of our customers.

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Holiday Programmes

Send your kids on a new adventure every day! From arts & crafts to games, cool activities, day trips and more YMCA has your kids covered next school holidays. Register online or come into reception and sign your children up for holidays filled with fun!

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Out of School Care

Our Before and After school care programmes offer a variety of activities including art, crafts, cooking, sports, games and free play. We know kids always come home from school hungry, so we’ll also provide a healthy afternoon tea. Click the link below and find out where our programmes are facilitated.

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Raise Up Youth Programme

Raise Up with YMCA Hamilton is an internationally recognized programme for youth aged 13 to 18 years of age. Each year youth apply to be apart of Raise Up. They are guided by a coordinator to organise and run their own community events throughout the year and learn the responsibilities needed to run a successful event.

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Birthday Parties

There is only one word to describe parties at YMCA Hamilton and that's FUN! We cater for all children and there will be a staff member on hand to help you run your party, along with games and free play on the YMCA equipment. Talk us through any particular interests or themes you have in mind.

All you need to do is bring the party food, decorations and cake of course!

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Childrens Gymnastics

YMCA Hamilton recreational gymnastics programme develops each week and is based around movement patterns. Each gymnastics class builds on the skills learned in the previous weeks and is tracked by our Colours (Beginners) and Stages (Intermediate) development programme to allow your child to make steady progress and have fun along the way!

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Y-Dance Classes

We have hip-hop and dance classes for you to choose from that will teach them creativity and musicality.

Dance provides movement and music programme for preschool and school aged children aged 2 to 12 years of age. They offer children the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment.

Hip-Hop combines the latest beats with lots of current hip-hop styles to try! This class is for children from 9yrs up, teens and adults!

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Parkour is a training discipline using movement that has been developed from military obstacle course training. Parkour contains the fundamental movements of gymnastics and high fitness levels. No previous experience is necessary.

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