Known as Windy Wellington, the capital city has a range of tennis clubs for all levels of players. When looking for the right club for you there are a few things to consider, are you looking to only improve your service or want to build social connections at the same time. Is there a type of terrain you are interested in? Proximate to your place of work/study/home. Family-friendly? With many clubs across Wellington, this guide highlights a few in a range of suburbs.

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Tennis Clubs in the Southern Suburbs

Newtown

The Wellington Tennis Club is located on the corner of Constable and Alexandra Streets in Newtown. With a focus on serving its local community of Kilbirnie, Melrose, Roseneath, Hataitai, Mt Victoria, Mt Cook, the central city of Wellington and of course Newtown, they offer a range of activities and coaching options.

This club puts an emphasis on welcoming all skill levels onto its courts. For families, there is a range of options for juniors as during the school year they run a range of classes for the various skill levels over 7-week blocks. From beginner to advanced, these sessions run for 30 to 45 minutes depending on the level of the junior and cost between $80 - $120 depending on which course you choose to sign up for.

Get back into the swing of the game at your local tennis club | Unsplash - Julian Schiemann

For adults looking to take their first swing in a while or maybe even ever, the Wellington Club has their Club Days every Sunday from 1.30 pm till 4.30 pm. This is a great opportunity to try before you buy so to speak. There is coaching available for individual and group lessons. They also offer social player lessons for those wanting to play but with a bit more of a chilled vibe.

Looking to slam back into competitive matches? There are over 20 Senior Intermediate Teams at the Wellington Club that play in a range of interclub competitions. With four artificial grass courts, you are able to play between 7 am and 10 pm. Oh and don’t worry about the dark, they have lights!

Fees range depending on what type of membership you want. Midweek or full? A couple or a family? Junior or retired? For first-timers, there are new member discount rates. Running from the 1st of October to the 30th of September, you have a full year to make the most of the facilities.

Island Bay

With three tennis courts and three squash courts, Island Bay Tennis Club offers its members two different racket games. The prices differ between the two sports with tennis being the cheaper option. If you choose to pay for a squash membership you also have access to both terrains.

For the juniors, there is a range of options for them to get into the swing of the game. For the little ones (5 to 6 years of age), they can get coaching for up to one term without needing to be members. In order to access the courts outside of their lessons, they will need to be a member though.

The Island Bay Club believe that tennis should be accessible for all so if the cost is a barrier for you signing up your little one then get in touch with them. There is a range of membership for adults at a lower cost such as midweek and student options.

For those looking to get back on the court after a break, they offer Rusty sessions for adult players to help you get back in the swing of things quickly. If you are a confident player who can carry a rally at a reasonable level then the Active sessions may be just what you are looking for.

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Many tennis clubs want to make the sport accessible to Junior players| Unsplash - Braden Egli

Tennis Clubs in the Eastern Suburbs

Kilbirnie

Nestled on the exterior of Wellington’s green belt is the Kilbirnie Tennis Club. With two hard courts and three artificial turfs, it is one of the largest clubs in Wellington. The club has an aim of making sure that tennis is fun, inclusive and a positive experience for all its players both competitive and social. Located on Crawford St, there is easy access by bus as well as some public parking on the surrounding streets.

With four different types of options; senior, student, junior 12-18 and Child 11 and under, you can find the right membership for you. For those looking to swing a racket for the first time or step up their game, the Kilbirnie Tennis Club has a range of professional coaching programmes available from holiday camps to senior development.

If you are wanting to pick up the game quickly, there are individual and group coaching as well as Tennis Xpress, a six-week course for adult beginners in a social environment. If you are looking for something new, Kilbirnie Tennis Club offers Active tennis for all levels which is more fast-paced.

For the younger ones, there are free courses to help develop their skills when your kids are members of the club. Make sure to read the details so you know when, where, for who, and for how long.

Miramar

Located next to Miramar Park you will find the recently resurfaced Miramar Tennis Club. This family-friendly club boasts six plexipave courts, easy car parking, clubrooms and an environment that nurtures growth within the sport for all ages and levels. 

To demonstrate its commitment to being family-friendly, the Miramar Tennis Club offers Community Play. This volunteer-led programme is about introducing local schools and children aged from 3 to 12 to tennis. The aim is to keep costs low so it is free for club members and is low pressure with a ‘give it a go’ mentality in a friendly setting.

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Some tennis clubs in Wellington provide child-sized equipment so the game is more fun!| Unsplash - Yaron Richman

For the more competitive players both junior and senior, there are the tennis hot shots which makes it easier for kids to play tennis as they have smaller courts, smaller rackets, and slower balls. For the adults, there is Active, a fast-paced yet social version of tennis.

There are a variety of packages available, so choose the one that suits your situation the best. Miramar Tennis Club has some of the lowest fees with adult membership starting at $80. 

Tennis Clubs in Wellington Central

Thorndon

With two astro courts, one hard court and two grass courts, Thorndon Club is perfect for those wanting to practice on a range of court surfaces. For those just starting out, the club openly welcomes beginners so go check out what they have to offer.

There is a range of memberships available at different prices depending on age, times you want to play, availability during the week and of course a range of family options. One that really stands out is one adult and one junior option. Thorndon also offers the ability for some memberships to be paid on a monthly basis. 

Thorndon members have a range of advantages including access to both tennis and squash courts at no extra price. If you are still unsure maybe access to their sauna, shower facilities and changing rooms and visitor hosting rights may win you over.

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Play tennis like a Pro on grass courts in Wellington| Unsplash - Zoe Reeve

Tennis Clubs in the Northern Suburbs

Khandallah

Located in the Northern suburb of Khandallah, the aptly named Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club offers its members an impressive range of facilities. With seven plexipave tennis courts (with four being floodlit), four squash courts, a sauna, BBQ facilities and more, you get a lot with your membership.

As a club, they believe encouraging children to be good sports is important so there is a range of development options available as well as Parent and Junior Tennis Players Guidelines. For those looking for more guidance on the court, Evolve Tennis Coaching can support all skill levels so your Junior can get the support right for them.

For the seniors, the onsite Evolve Tennis Coaching offers coaching to all who wish to improve their backhand, serve, rally, forehand, or even overall tennis skills. Membership prices vary depending on when you want to play and offer a wide range of options for different sized families to those 65+.

If you are looking for more information on cities in the South Island we have a guide on tennis clubs in Christchurch.

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