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Welcome to NextStep Whakatane

At NextStep Whakatane, we're dedicated to helping you reclaim your strength, mobility, and independence. Our state-of-the-art rehabilitation center offers personalized programs, expert guidance, and a supportive community to empower you on your path to recovery.

Why Choose Us?

  1. Expert Team: Our team of experienced accredited exercise physiologists is here to provide personalized care and support every step of the way.

  2. Comprehensive Services: From injury rehabilitation to chronic health management, we offer a wide range of services tailored to meet your unique needs.

  3. State-of-the-Art Facility: Train with confidence in our modern facility equipped with the latest rehabilitation equipment and amenities.

  4. Holistic Approach: We believe in treating the whole person, addressing physical, mental, and emotional well-being to achieve lasting results.

Our Programs

  • Physical Therapy: Customized rehabilitation programs designed to improve strength, flexibility, and function.

  • Injury Rehabilitation: Targeted therapies and exercises to accelerate healing and prevent future injuries.

  • Chronic Health Management: Evidence-based strategies to manage conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and COPD to improve quality of life.

Start Your Journey Today

Ready to take the first step toward a healthier, happier you? Contact us today to schedule your initial assessment and consultation. Let us help you reach your rehabilitation goals and live life to the fullest.








I was looking for a place to help me with my condition and I found it hard to find a suitable place until I saw Next Step popped up last year (2023). They are what I was looking for and it is lovely to have people who understand disabilities, a wide range of conditions makes it easier to go to a place like that and I don't have to worry about what people think and I can be me


Referred to improve my fitness and cardio vascular.
Great assessment and ongoing therapeutic support in a very pleasant environment.


Knowledgeable & helpful team, all your needs well done💪👍

Whakatane Details:

Address: 43 Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatane, 3120

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9am- 5pm

Bookings: or 07 572 0771


Group classes


Strength and Balance

Mondays 11.00am - 12.00pm

Strength & balance is a fun and supportive class which challenges you to increase your movement and confidence. Classes are safe and suitable for all levels. Classes are designed to improve balance, coordination and strength, all of which will positively impact your daily function and movement.

Parkinsons class

Thursdays 11am - 12pm

Live a happier, stronger, more fulfilling life by discovering how to LIVE BRAVE, and live your best life with Parkinson’s. Improve your situation, to move better, think better, look better, build your confidence, regain control, build your self-belief and ultimately, your chance to slow your Parkinson’s down

To book in please contact the team 

Chris Kessell

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Like most kids growing up in New Zealand, I was passionate about playing sports, particularly football. After playing at national league level, I decided to focus my hard work and efforts on my future outside of football. I studied for four years at Otago, where I fell in love with learning about how the human body functions and adapts during exercise. After personal training for a year and thinking everyone could train like an athlete, I quickly learnt there is a significant portion of the population that needs extra attention when it comes to safely prescribing and optimizing exercise behaviour. This motivated me to complete my Master's in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I now have experience working with individuals with numerours different health conditions.

I am motivated to continually progress my knowledge and skills so that I can provide people with a better quality of life. Here at NextStep, I am given the perfect platform to provide an evidence based approach to every NextStep client to achieve their health and fitness goals.


Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology (University of Auckland)

Bachelor of Science, Sport and Exercise Science with Honours (University of Otago)

Fun Facts

  • I am a Newcastle United Fan

  • I was an actor in the NZ movie 'The dark horse'

  • I walked from Auckland to Whangarei in 40 hours for charity

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