Pole fitness is taking over the world

Christchurch, Auckland and Whanganui's premier pole dancing and fitness studio, Altitude Pole & Fitness, is the best in the business. We make sure everyone feels welcome and has a good time while increasing fitness, flexibility, strength and co-ordination. Owned and run by multi-award winning and internationally recognised, Karry Summers.


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.

After 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 core values

Our Core Values are extremely important to us all at Altitude and we only work with those who represent and believe in them too. From our owners, to our instructors and down to our students.

Be Excellent

Give your best

Exceed expectations

Strive for greatness

Live with Passion

Love what you do

Be enthusiastic

Enjoy yourself

Show Courage

Go outside your comfort zone

Face your fears

Be who you want to be

Always Evolve

Lead by example

Constantly working to improve

Do things differently


Respect differences

Be encouraging

Celebrate success

Our history

2010: Karry Summers opened the very first Altitude Pole and Fitness in Christchurch using just a small room that was rented by the hour and had just 4 poles. 

2011: After losing the previous space to the 2011 earthquake, the decision was made to lease a space solely for the use of Altitude Pole 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.

2014: Altitude Pole and Fitness opened its second studio, this time in Auckland, North Shore with Sarah Cuthill as Director. North Shore's membership count sits around 160 and has 2 rooms with over 30 classes including pole, stretch, Aerial Yoga and Ballet Barre.

2017: 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.

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, but also to allow passionate, hard-working people with a dream of owning a successful and fulfilling business ensuring a lifestyle they desire. 

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 - welcoming to the family Altitude South Auckland owned and operated by Sarah Cuthill and Altitude Wigram owned and operated by Julia Benson. 


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


With five studios now open throughout New Zealand, the Altitude team are excited for the future. 

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

2020: Starting 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.


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!).

Bringing the total of eight studios New Zealand wide! 5 in the North Island and 3 in the South Island.



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