What is now a state-of-the-art centre of sporting excellence was once an old, vacant building – formerly the home to the Mount Cosmopolitan Club. The window of opportunity to transform the building was realised by Bay Venues and Tauranga City Council.

It has become a multi-stakeholder project that grew to include The University of Waikato as the key strategic partner. That partnership has taken the centre from being the country’s largest high performance gym to also being a leading provider of testing and research into sport science and human performance.


The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance will:

Put Tauranga on the map as a destination for high performance sport;
Attract, and retain, world class athletes (in the past high-potential athletes have relocated to other centres due to inadequate training facilities);
Be used to implement and promote community sport and develop initiatives;
Build community pride through the attraction of high performance athletes and sports teams; and
Be the epicentre of cutting edge sport science, research and technology capabilities thanks to the strategic partnership with The University of Waikato.

The facilities are first class. The centre meets our needs with the gym, recovery pools and meeting rooms all in one place, and with the fields right across the road.

Daniel Floyd

Warriors Operations Manager


Due to a strategic partnership with the University of Waikato, the centre is equipped with the very latest in sports science and research capability. The University of Waikato laboratory comes complete with an environmental chamber capable of controlling heat, humidity and altitude which is used for performance testing, research and recovery as well as acclimatising athletes for international conditions.

The centre’s state-of-the-art facilities include:

High performance gym and recovery pools


A 650m2 gym packed with top-of-the-line equipment and a three lane sprint track. Hot and cold plunge pools to speed up recovery for training athletes.

Sports science research


A cutting-edge sports science laboratory incorporating an environmental chamber capable of controlling heat, humidity and altitude.

University of Waikato Lab Testing Services

Contact: Steven Finlayson

Sports medicine and rehabilitation


Athlete support services provided on site by Body in Motion High Performance Sport, including physiotherapy, massage and podiatry.


The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance is part of the Bay Venues family, a Tauranga City Council controlled organisation.


Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Loretta is extremely passionate about strength and conditioning and long-term athlete development. Loretta has an experienced background in business development, skill acquisition and coaching, and holds a Bachelors, Masters and International ASCA Strength & Conditioning qualifications. Loretta collaboratively plans and facilitates all gym sessions for Academy athletes with assistance from the other Academy coaches.


Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jarvy is a motivated and passionate coach who studied a bachelor of sport and recreation in Hawkes Bay while balancing work for Hawkes Bay Rugby and playing for the Magpies from 2012. 

Jarvy has a holistic style and believes that the integration of long term athlete development and creating High-performance habits are essential to continuous improvement. He assists with the increased specificity for our athlete programs and supports the team in the wider capacity as we grow.


Speed and Agility Coach

Kerry has a wealth of elite high performance experience and qualifications which includes: 

Head Coach at several Olympics, World Champs and Commonwealth Games over the last 20 years

Director of Coaching for Athletics NZ and current Coordinator of Sprints and Relays for Athletics NZ

Kerry is our Speed and Agility Coach and can work with sports teams on specifics such as change of direction and individuals to improve their speed and agility.  


Adams Centre Venue Manager

Shaun has been working in the health, fitness and leisure industry for 14 years. Originally from Ireland Shaun started his working life as a lifeguard/personal trainer at his local leisure center. 

Shaun has been living in New Zealand for the last 7 years working for Bay venues for the majority of this time. Shaun has excellent facility management experience with his focus on enhancing the user experience.       



The University’s 265 m2 of tenancy space includes a purpose-built laboratory, within which can be found a state-of-the-art environmental chamber. The laboratory is used for the purpose of sports science and research as well as athletic performance testing. The hi-tech environmental chamber’s capabilities include the ability to control specific heat and humidity requirements. It can also simulate a high altitude environment. The University’s leading-edge space is staffed by academic professionals specialising in sports science and human performance, with that group including both Masters and PhD students carrying out research.

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The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union was established in 1911. It has a very proud rugby tradition and heritage. Over the years it has produced many New Zealand representatives in the All Blacks, NZ Maori, NZ 7’s, NZ Women’s Rugby 15’s & 7’s; as well as representative Coaches and support staff at Provincial and International level. They now have what it refers to as a “world class environment to train in, with some of the best facilities in New Zealand” at its disposal. The Centre’s location also works well for their squads. Blake Park’s sporting fields and courts are on the doorstep. 

Contact 07 574 20 37

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The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance is the home of the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens. The New Zealand Rugby sevens teams are top performers on the international seven’s stage – and they now have a world-class facility to train in. The centre plays a pivotal role in helping players step up to the next level, and prepare the teams for the challenges of performing to the highest level in tournaments around the world.

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Body In Motion offers physiotherapy service not only for athletes but for anyone who needs professional advice and or treatment. They have a friendly and experienced team, ready to help you achieve your goals whether it be of a high performance competitive standard, or getting you back on your feet.
Their Administration and Physiotherapy team offer a professional and friendly atmosphere in a modern world class facility with convenient parking out the front of the premises.

Contact 07 927 3330

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The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance is a prime example of how collaboration can achieve transformational outcomes.

This sporting success story has come about as a result of a strategic partnership between:

Tauranga City Council
Bay Venues
The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is the centre’s tertiary partner. The partnership has enabled the university to be a facilitator of post-graduate sports science education within a high performance sport environment in the Bay of Plenty.


This hub of sporting excellence is located at Blake Park in Mount Maunganui – Tauranga’s premier sporting precinct.

07 577 8575

52 Miro Street
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116