Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub

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

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

Ngā Puna Wai features athletics track and field, hockey pitches, rugby league fields, tennis courts, a centralised sports hub, boulevard and two grass multi-purpose community fields.

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

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Map of Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub

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.

Driving

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.

To make a booking:

For all other booking enquiries please email npwbookings@ccc.govt.nz.

Full steam ahead with indoor court development at Ngā Puna Wai

15 February 2022

Plans to add a new indoor court facility at the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub are progressing well, with a contractor lined up for the project and the funding in place. 

The new Netsal Centre will be fully owned by the Christchurch Netball Centre (CNC) and will have 10 indoor courts. It is going to be built on reserve land leased from Christchurch City Council. 

We have $4.9 million set aside in the Long Term Plan for additional parking and transport improvements to help manage the impacts of Ngā Puna Wai’s growing popularity on the surrounding residential area. 

As we develop more detailed plans for managing the traffic in and around Ngā Puna Wai we’ll engage with the local community to get their input. 

Read more on Newsline(external link). 

Read our February 2022 newsletter(external link).

Check out the events being held at Ngā Puna Wai below or download the latest events calendar [PDF, 181 KB].

Event Location Date Find out more
Christchurch City Council Walking Festival All areas 19 April  ccc.govt.nz/walkingfestival(external link)
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.


Development

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. 


Partners 

Sport Canterbury Logo

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.

For more information about Ngā Puna Wai, contact NgaPunaWai@Sportcanterbury.org.nz or for booking enquiries, contact npwbookings@ccc.govt.nz

Athletics

Home of Athletics Canterbury and Christchurch's premier international-standard athletics track and field.

Hockey

Home of Canterbury Hockey and Christchurch’s only international-standard hockey pitches.

Rugby League

Home of Canterbury Rugby League with Christchurch’s premier sand-carpet rugby league pitches.

Tennis

Tennis Canterbury has twelve outdoor acrylic tennis courts, with surrounding fencing.