When it comes to working out, Auckland delivers. Whether you’re into boxing, yoga, strength training, cycling or group fitness — the sweat sessions at these gyms in Auckland Central are hands-down the best.
The quest for a perfectly tailored gym that will hit all the criteria may be exhausting, but it’s the first step necessary to pursue and smash those ambitious fitness goals. Get into it, and pick a venue that empowers you to take it to the next level.
When free workouts in a park and rigid home workout routines just don’t cut it any more, its time, it’s time to commit to one of the best gyms in central Auckland.
4 South Street, Auckland CBD
A premium boutique gym on South St in the heart of the Auckland CBD that focuses on group classes. Andfit aims to increase your capacity in every area of fitness with sessions designed to challenge the ’10 components of fitness’. Functionality is everything here!
At Andfit, they think it is imperative that you are training movements that are necessitated of you in everyday life; there are no machines to sit in. But, you will still be swinging, squatting, rowing, throwing, pushing and pulling! Functional movements stimulate your core and teaches your muscles to work together.
They are no longer affiliated with CrossFit, but the concept is still pretty similar with small classes of up to 14 people which include a warmup, skill drills, workout, cool down and games!
Best for the group fitness class aficionados.
14 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD
A large gym divided into two levels with everything you need for a good training. Beautifully maintained with clean facilities and extra amenities like towels, hair ties, BCAA protein drinks and tea/coffee. There is an ample amount of equipment and squat racks, and membership even includes global access to more than 4,000 gyms, and always-open 24/7 convenience.
Anytime also have a second location in the Auckland CBD on Wyndham Street, so you can visit both. The Lorne Street location is a bit bigger and generally quieter.
Best for a cheap gym membership with locations around Auckland and the world.
65 Parnell Rise, Parnell
The largest fitness boxing gym in Auckland offering 45-min boxing sessions & tailored exercises for the ultimate full-body workout.
A fun environment to get fit with weekly classes and personal training, the Boxing alley has grown since its conception as a gritty boxing gym in 2006 to a modern boxing facility with a one-of-a-kind community cater to people of all levels and applying proper boxing technique.
Best for those seeking a glove-wearing purging release.
239 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
The cheapest gym in Auckland CBD, CityFitness on Queen Street is also open 24 hours, which means you’ll never have to worry about missing a workout!
There is a large big space, so you don’t fell you are jammed in a box, and all the gear you need to train including tons of cardio equipment, assisted weight machines and free weights. At peak times can get very hot and busy, but is always clean and well maintained.. There is a good fitness workout room for the classes, which you’ll need a premium membership to access.
Their basic membership is under $10 a week, by far the cheapest in the city, and includes access to all their other locations around Auckland.
Best for those looking for the cheapest gym membership in Auckland.
Victoria Park Market, Auckland CBD
No matter where you are in Auckland, there’s likely an F45 nearby. And that’s excellent news, because there aren’t many workouts as stimulating as this concept’s workout that merges heart-pumping intervals, cardio-focused drills, and strength training movements. Even better, they only engage the city’s top instructors and trainers to lead the classes.
So you can know they will be right there with you every step of the way, urging you to dig deep and waiting with inspiring words and a sweaty high-fives at the finish. It’s very much an addictive cult, but F45 members swear by it – and the results. Sadly, your membership is specific to a location, and in the Auckland CBD, you can choose from one in the Victoria Park Market or Britomart.
Best for those who love group fitness and community.
Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD
An inner-city gym for hectic corporates who value time as the highest commodity. Located in the landmark Vero building, Habit Vero presents a peaceful and relaxed environment where members can enjoy saunas, changing facilities, a towel service, biomechanical and health analysis, full weights and functional training equipment and cardio theatre.
They also offer full physiotherapy and nutrition services, personal training, massage therapy and group fitness classes. Habit Vero also have another location at North Wharf in the ASB building, with a single site or multi-club memberships (they have other locations in Wellington).
Best for suits who value having a premium gym in a premium location.
76 Anzac Avenue, Auckland CBD
A gym in Auckland City that teaches the art of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) with over 40 classes a week. Their goal is to try to make this stunning sport accessible to everyone, regardless of whether their goal is to compete, advance self-defence skills, or just have a fun workout.
There are great, and very patient, trainers that present a well-taught class with various levels to suit all skill levels.
Best for those who love the idea of burning up to 800 calories an hour- or you just want to kick some butt.
186 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD
‘That gym’ in Auckland. You either love it or hate it – but Les Mills must be doing something right as they have expanded into a global fitness empire from here little old New Zealand. Over five million people in 80 countries around the world now take a Les Mills group fitness class every week, and it all started right here in 1968.
For the design-minded fitness enthusiast, Les Mills offers sleek workout facilities and locker rooms that incorporate rustic and industrial touches. Equipment is state-of-the-art, and the classes. Well, whether you’re interested in strength or cardio fitness, fat loss or toning, agility, speed, endurance, coordination, flexibility, health, they have innovative classes to suit your fitness objectives.
Their flagship Auckland City gym has two fitness studios, a boxing studio, an immersive cycle studio (that is like nothing else in New Zealand), separate saunas, spa pools, a women’s only gym, free parking and more. A mecca for fitness fans from all around the globe, Les Mills Auckland City is an absolute institution.
There is also another Les Mills location at Britomart, which has fewer classes but is more modern.
Best for those who want it all.
1 Tennis Lane, Parnell
Next-Gen Auckland Domain is a modern gym, and classic spa rolled into one high-end package. Members at Next Gen Auckland Domain receive access to the fitness area, steam rooms and classes (which include Zumba, cardio, HIIT, Pilates, cycling and yoga), along with a rooftop outdoor pool, sun deck and world-class tennis courts.
Whether you’re here to grow endurance and strength or just seeking for a place to relax and recharge, Next Gen Auckland Domain prides itself on offering a calm retreat amid the chaos of other fitness facilities.
Best for those who want a premium gym with swimming facilities ideal for both fitness and relaxation (and don’t mind the slightly out-of-the-way location).
151 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
One Five One take the gym experience up a notch with innovative fitness classes, highly-skilled personal trainers, luxurious steam, spa pool, sauna, swimming pool and on-site tennis court.
The extensive gym floor is full of the quality equipment over several dedicated training spaces, including cardio, free weights, stretch, and PT zones. Auckland’s most exclusive boutique-sized fitness club with a self-imposed membership cap to ensure things are never too crowded.
Best for those who want a premium gym with swimming facilities ideal for both fitness and relaxation (and in the heart of Queen Street).
149 Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
As the self-proclaimed “gym for everyone” this long-standing health club prides itself on welcoming people with open arms. From kids to seniors, there are activities and programmes here to help people meet, socialise and be supported. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, encouragement is given every step of the way.
Members enjoy the same kind of fundamental equipment and facilities of a chain club without the unneeded big crowds or judgmental looks. Whether you’re keen to stretch it out in yoga, pump some iron, shoot some hoops or get into shape, the YMCA will help you do it with kind staff and a real sense of family and community.
Best if you want to join a not-for-profit gym that is committed to strengthening families, reinvesting into local communities and supporting youth development.
So there you have it—the best gyms in Auckland to work up a sweat and get in shape with.
Our’ top, top picks’? That would have to be Les Mills for the sheer variety of group fitness classes, Next Gen Auckland Domain for a boutique approach to wellness (and the sun deck in summer) or CityFitness for the cheapest gym membership. But, as we have shown, each gym here has something unique to offer.
And at the end of the day, all that really matters is that you get your fitness goals off the backburner, get on track with your exercise and health goals, and you have fun!
P.S. If you are looking to jump-start your new healthy lifestyle, you might want to read about the wholesome eating options in Auckland including pre-prepared gym meals, do-it-yourself meal kits, fruit and veg boxes, or even shopping organic at an Auckland farmers market.