Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub

Christchurch's new sporting home for Canterbury athletics, hockey, tennis and rugby league.

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Christchurch’s premier outdoor sports facility combines community playing fields and recreation opportunities with international standard sports facilities.

The athletics track and field and hockey pitches are now open. Rugby league fields, tennis courts, a centralised sports hub, boulevard and two grass multi-purpose community fields will open in stages throughout 2019. 

Everyone is welcome to come and use Ngā Puna Wai, take part in sports, support the players or use the sporting fields.

For booking enquiries, contact

Save the date

Kick off your weekend at Ngā Puna Wai on Friday 8 March with free entry to the opening day of the New Zealand Track & Field Championships.

Evening session starts at 5pm.


How to get to Ngā Puna Wai

Whether you’re walking, cycling, taking the car or catching public transport, there’s plenty of ways to get to Ngā Puna Wai.

Walking and cycling

If you’re walking or cycling, the easiest way to access Ngā Puna Wai is via Augustine Drive or via McMahan Drive if you are walking from Aidenfield.

Several walking paths and cycle ways lead to the venue from Halswell or Curletts Road and there are numerous cycle parks throughout the facility.


If you’re driving, then the best way to access Ngā Puna Wai is to follow the signs to the Ngā Puna Wai from Augustine Drive, off Halswell Road in Halswell.

There are 458 parking spaces including 11 mobility car parks available at the venue and a grass area beside the main car park for temporary parking. Check Google Maps (external link)for the best route for you.

Public transport

The Halswell Road bus stop on the Orange Line is the closest stop to Ngā Puna Wai, a 30-minute ride from the central city bus exchange. The bus stops on Halswell Road, a short 5 minute (400m) walk from the venue via Augustine Drive.

Head to the Metro website for bus timetables, maps and information(external link)



Ngā Puna Wai is Canterbury’s new home of sport. Everyone is welcome to come and use Ngā Puna Wai, take part in sports, support the players or use the sporting fields.

The athletics and hockey facilities are now open. For booking enquiries, please contact


Save the date

Join us on Friday 8 March 2019 to celebrate the grand opening of Ngā Puna Wai. 

See the sporting fields in action as well as free entry to the opening day of the New Zealand Track & Field Championships.

Upcoming events

  • FIH Pro League(external link): Come and watch the Vantage Black Sticks men and women take on Great Britain and Germany. While witnessing world class hockey, you’ll also enjoy international food festivals, music and other great fun activities for the whole family.
  • Bulls v Warriors(external link)Canterbury Rugby League will christen its new facilities at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub on February 23 with a match between the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls and the Warriors’ InTrust Super Premiership team.
  • New Zealand Track & Field Championships(external link)Premier athletics is returning to our city with the New Zealand Track and Field Championships confirmed for 2019 for an action-packed three-day event

About Ngā Puna Wai

Artistic impression of the completed Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub

Artistic impression of the completed Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub

The story behind the name

Ngā Puna Wai means ‘many spring waters’, relating to the many springs and tributaries in the area, and is part of the ancestral landscape of Ngāi Tahu. This area was once an important place for local Māori, who came together to connect and collaborate. 

Today, our recreational and sporting communities have continued this ethos by coming together to share our love of sport and outdoor spaces.


Ngā Puna Wai comprises 32 hectares of recreation and esplanade reserve and other park land beside Canterbury Agricultural Park, near Wigram. Council staff and other stakeholders identified it as the preferred site for to replace sporting facilities damaged in the earthquakes.

Following strong support from the wider Christchurch recreational and sporting community, what was once 32ha of grassy reserve land has been transformed into a $53.65 million multi-sports facility. 


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Ngā Puna Wai is a collaborative partnership between Christchurch City Council, Sport Canterbury, Athletics Canterbury, Canterbury Hockey, Rugby League Canterbury, Tennis Canterbury and the local community.

Funding partners

We're proud to be working with the funding partners helping us deliver Stage One of Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub.

Contact us

For more information about Ngā Puna Wai, contact or for booking enquiries, contact

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