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 


Follow the signs to Ngā Puna Wai Sport Hub from Augustine Drive, off Halswell Road in Halswell.


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

Contact us

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

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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 Ngā Puna Wai Reserve comprises 83 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 a new athletics track to replace the one lost at QEII Park in the earthquakes.

Following strong support from the wider Christchurch recreational and sporting community, the Council called for a report on the possibility of establishing a sporting hub at Ngā Puna Wai Reserve, using the athletics track as a key development.

The Council's decision to proceed came after a two-month public consultation in 2014, with 4725 submissions received on the proposal. Ninety per cent of those submissions were in favour of a sports hub at Ngā Puna Wai Reserve.

Today, what was once 32ha of grassy reserve land has been transformed into a $53.65 million multi-sports facility. 

The team

A multidisciplinary design team was appointed on Friday 10 June 2016. A consortium including AECOM and Beca, in partnership with Studio106 Architect, plus a number of other critical specialists, has been contracted to begin concept design work for Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub.

This team will now develop the approved conceptual design through to a detailed design, which will be used to consent and tender out the various work packages.


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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.

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



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

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Rugby League

Home of Canterbury Rugby League with Christchurch’s premier sand-carpet rugby league pitches opening in 2019.

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Home of Tennis Canterbury with twelve outdoor acrylic tennis courts, with surrounding fencing, opening in 2019.