Wellington City

Wellington City dojo

City dojo in Kaiwharawhara is a well-appointed and beautiful dojo, with a huge tatami mat training area.  Riai Aikido Wellington also has a dojo in Belmont.


Training at City Dojo – 35th Riai Aikido Festival with Nadeau Shihan, 8th Dan, October 2016


Training schedule

(during school term)
5:30 - 6:30pm
Aiki Kids
5:30 - 6:30pm
Aiki Teens
9 - 10am Aiki Teens combined
Adults beginners
& fundamentals
6:30 - 7:30pm6:30 - 7:30pm9 - 10am combined
Adults general7:30 - 8:30pm7:30 - 8:30pm10 - 11am

See our Wellington event calendar for events throughout the year, including seminars, free-training, junior class term times, and occasional exclusions when our partners the Wellington Judo Academy are holding seminars.  If you’re not on our email list for reminders, contact Conrad.

Beginners and visiting aikidoka

Are most welcome – see the Wellington page.

Visit us

City Dojo is located in the first floor of the big yellow Animates building at 132 Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara (entrance from the carpark corner).

We’re a Riai Aikido Wellington dojo

See the Riai Aikido Wellington page for our fee structure and other details.  Membership covers training also at our other dojo at Belmont.


Riai Aikido Wellington was established in 1993 by Henry Lynch sensei.  City dojo is the result of a merger of our Mt Cook and Wellington North (Rewa Rewa) dojos, both of which have now closed.  Before then, we operated from Crofton Downs school, and before that Ngaio town hall.

In 2016 we went into partnership with the Wellington Judo Academy to open the City Dojo centre, alternating training times.