For those who dare to break out of their comfort zone, our pole classes will have you doing things and feeling things you never thought possible. We are the extra in the ordinary.

Altitude Pole & Fitness is New Zealand's premier pole dancing and fitness brandWe make sure everyone feels welcome and has a good time while increasing fitness, flexibility, strength and co-ordination.


Altitude is home to many elite-level instructors, you can be sure you will enjoy the best of the best.​ All of Altitude's instructors are trained to a high standard and receive regular, ongoing training . We take safety seriously and run classes in a professional but fun style that allows you to progress at your own pace.

Founded by multi-award winning and internationally recognised, Karry SummersAfter becoming sick of the expensive gym memberships and the boring fitness classes, Karry started pole fitness classes in 2007, and has never looked back. What started as a way to keep fit has become a passion for life and now we want to share that passion with you.

At Altitude Pole and Fitness an important goal of ours is to make you to feel welcome - and badass. 

Our Five Core Values are extremely important to us all at Altitude and we only work with those who represent and believe in them too.

Our history



We have come a long way since Karry Summers opened the very first Altitude Pole and Fitness in Christchurch in 2010.  Using a small room that was rented by the hour and had just 4 poles!



After losing the previous space to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the decision was made to lease a space solely for the use of Altitude and really make a stand in the New Zealand pole scene.


From here the studio continued to grow, producing high quality, competitive dancers and running things in a professional manner that gained Altitude the reputation of one of New Zealand’s top studios that it still holds today.



After just 3 years Altitude Pole and Fitness opened its second studio in Auckland, North Shore with Sarah Cuthill as Director. 

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After the Christchurch studio hit capacity for students, it was time to start looking for a larger space. In June 2017, 6 years after Altitude opened - the Christchurch studio moved to a much larger warehouse space with space for 230 students, three rooms and over 60 classes on offer!

At the same time as opening the new Christchurch studio, Altitude went through a rebrand and launched their new logo in tandem with the opening.

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early 2018

With such a repeatable and consistent business model now in place, Altitude decided to turn to the franchise model with the goal to bring both the Altitude community and all its benefits to as many people as possible.


Deciding to franchise was and still is about helping passionate, hard-working people with a dream of owning a successful and fulfilling business. 

So Altitude HQ was born with a small team dedicated all things Altitude Pole & Fitness.


late 2018

In November 2018, Pole Dance Wanganui and owner Emma Dewhurst joined the Altitude Pole family becoming Altitude Pole Whanganui.


Altitude then finished off the year with a bang and opened not one but two new studios in New Zealand! One in Auckland and one in Christchurch.


Altitude Onehunga (originally Altitude South Auckland) became the second Auckland studio with owner operator Sarah Cuthill.


Altitude Wigram became the second Christchurch studio, owned and operated by Julia and Scott.


The original Christchurch studio was then renamed to 'Christchurch Central'.


With five studios now open throughout New Zealand, the Altitude team were very excited for the future!


early 2019

Jumping into 2019 the right way, Altitude announced it's sixth New Zealand studio. A 30-minute drive from Auckland city centre, Altitude Drury opened it's doors in April. The newest Altitude studio owner/operator is Alex Wilkins!

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late 2019

Late 2019 the Altitude HQ team decided it was time to start thinking global! Altitude launched it's Global Franchise opportunities to the world and began searching for their first international Altitude franchisee.

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early 2020

Jumping into 2020 in true Altitude fashion, two brand new studios were announced for early 2020.


Altitude Pole Redwood, Christchurch with a well known instructor for Christchurch Central, Michelle Muscles, as owner/operator.


The second studio, this time in the North Island, was Altitude Pole Palmerston North with Emma Dewhurst as owner (who also owns Altitude Pole Whanganui!).

That brought the total of eight studios New Zealand wide!


mid 2020

Mid 2020 Altitude announced their ninth studio in New Zealand in a brand new city for Altitude. Altitude Pole Nelson! Owned and operated by the dynamic duo Zoe and Harry.

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late 2020

In late 2020 Altitude was offered the opportunity to purchase The Studio Mount from Jo, Founder of The Studio.


So on the 19th of October The Studio Mount was officially welcomed into the family and renamed Altitude Pole The Mount

The Mount is now spearheaded by three boss-babes who are no stranger to Altitude! Rhi, Sarah & Karry!


mid 2021

In mid 2021 Altitude announced it's 11th studio in New Zealand! Lead again by our superstar trio, Rhi, Sarah & Karry!


Altitude Albany opened early August 2021.

Altitude Hamilton then opened its doors not longer after Albany with Rhi, Sarah and Karry spearheading once again.


early 2022

In early 2022 Altitude announced its 13th studio in New Zealand, with Sarah stepping into her second solo-owned studio. 

Altitude Saint Johns will open on May 1st 2022!