Beyond the classroom students are encouraged to participate in a variety of sports and we are proud to recognise that many outstanding sportswomen have started their sporting careers at Villa Maria College and have since gone on to Provincial and National representation.


Villa Maria College teams and individual athletes have won South Island and New Zealand honours over the past few years in many sports including athletics, cycling, rugby, netball, rowing, cross country, karate, ice figure skating and waterpolo.


There are over 34 sports offered at Villa Maria College including the following:

  • Aerobics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Croquet
  • Cross Country
  • Cycling
  • Dragon Boating
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Indoor Football
  • Indoor Netball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Summer Hockey
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch
  • Tramping
  • Triathlon/Multisport
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo


As well as playing sport many girls take the opportunity to coach and/or umpire. Our student coaches are encouraged to work for Achievement Standards in coaching.

Outdoor Education

At Years 7 and 8, students take part in biannual camps. In Year 10, the girls spend three days at Boyle River Lodge learning to be self-reliant and to challenge themselves beyond their expectations. Outdoor education is an important aspect of the College life and students are encouraged to develop an awareness of the uniqueness of the New Zealand outdoors.