Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub is a partnership project with the four sport codes and Sport Canterbury

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Our premier outdoor sports hub combines international standard sports facilities with community playing fields and recreation opportunities.

A centralised sports hub, a boulevard and two grass multi-purpose community fields will open in 2019. 

Latest updates

October 2018: First athletes welcomed 

About 2000 athletes, spectators and officials gathered at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub on October 20 for the official opening of the athletics track and field. It was great day and fantastic to see the athletes using these world-class facilities for training and racing.

August 2018: Athletics and hockey turfs finished

There's been plenty of reason to celebrate at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub this month with international certification of the hockey turfs and completion of the athletics track. We’re looking forward to getting international certification of the track this month so it will be ready for the season start in October. This is a huge milestone, given the delay we faced with the vandalism in May and it’s thanks to the hard work of our contractors that we are able to be at this point so quickly.

You may have seen us in the news over the last few days as well, following on from our media visit on Wednesday 9 August. Check out our video showcasing the completed athletics and hockey facilities!

June 2018: Truck deliveries along McMahon Drive

McMahon Drive is being used as a back-up delivery route for gravel being transported from Lancaster Park to Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub from mid June 2018-August 2018. We are transporting 20,000m3 of gravel from underneath the demolished Tui Stand at Lancaster Park to be used at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. This is an attempt to minimise delays to the programme caused by recent wet weather. The majority of deliveries will continue to come through our main access route at A&P showground entrance. However, there are certain times when events are happening at the park that we are unable to use this route. In this instance McMahon Drive will be used. Residents living along McMahon Drive have been advised. 

May 2018: Athletics track vandalised

Vandalism of the athletics track  has delayed its opening for the winter season. 

March 2018: New Zealand track and field championship announcement

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub has been named as the venue for the 2019 New Zealand Track and Field Championships. Watch world champion shot putter Tom Walsh break the great news! 

September 2017: 3D renders finalised 

The 3D designs of Ngā Puna Wai have been finalised and provide an aerial impression of what the completed sports hub will look like. 

July 2017: Construction update

Construction is still underway on Stage 1 of the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, but significantly wetter than average weather over autumn and winter has unfortunately resulted in a delay to the programme. With the site experiencing heavy rains periodically every five to seven days – a higher rainfall than we've seen in any recent autumn – the ground at Ngā Puna Wai has become saturated.

Our contractors have installed surface drains to help dry out the land, but ultimately we need to let nature take its course, which means letting fine weather and nor’wester winds in spring dry out the land.

While our contractors are on standby to restart the earthworks should we get a window of fine weather, we’re cautiously moving the construction completion dates for elements of the sports hub back: the athletics track will open in March 2017 and the hockey pitches in May 2018.

April 2017: Early earthworks have started

Early earthworks have started on the Wigram Basin enlargement and Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Stage 1 projects, where nearly 200,000 cubic metres of gravel will be excavated from the Wigram Stormwater Basin extension and spread over the Ngā Puna Wai site.

This will save both projects $3–5 million by avoiding the need for material to be taken off-site. Rooneys Earthmoving Ltd is currently stripping off the topsoil ahead of the removal and transfer of the gravel.

February 2017: Athletics track out of the starting blocks

The countdown to the start of work on the new Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub started on 28 February 2017, with Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman joining Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to celebrate the imminent development of a long-awaited athletics track.

An afternoon of sports, speeches and sausage sizzles saw Mayor Dalziel gifted with contributions from Sport NZ, New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) and SKY TV towards the Sports Hub. Read more(external link).

August 2016: Master Plan approved

A milestone was reached on Monday 15 August 2016 when the Master Plan was approved by the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Project Steering Group. The Master Plan is a revised version, following an independent peer review. It identifies the preferred locations for where everything will fit on the site and opens the door for the team to design the civil works (foundations, drainage, etc), sports surfaces and buildings.

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Master Plan

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Master Plan (Stage 1 in colour, future stages in grey)

Background on design and development

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.

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. 


A market leader in the delivery of sports and recreation projects in Australia and New Zealand AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customised and creative solutions to meet the needs of clients and the community.

The depth of the AECOM business enables them to bring their most experienced and capable project and cost managers to the Ngā Puna Wai project. Under the skilled leadership of Ross Davison and Chris Hemphill the team brings enthusiasm, a wealth of sport sector knowledge and is committed to working collaboratively with the Council and the community to deliver a fantastic outcome.


One of New Zealand’s largest employee-owned businesses Beca has been part of the Christchurch community for over 50 years. Beca and Studio106 Architect continue their involvement as the designers of the Ngā Puna Wai sports hub, having designed the original master plan in 2013 with key members of the Christchurch sporting community, as well as developing the Stage One scope in 2015.

Beca’s John van Cingel is the Design Manager, with Dion Gosling leading the architecture team with his considerable experience as Sports Architect and athlete (ex-Black Sticks, Athens Olympian and Commonwealth Silver medalist).

Further information

Stage One Masterplan Concept Design Report

Drone footage

August 2018: Athletics track and hockey turfs completed

The international athletics track and hockey turfs are finished! Check out this video to see how great they look!

February 2018: Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub takes shape

Check out the drone footage of work underway. It's full steam ahead down there!

November 2017: Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Stage One early earthworks 

Check out the drone footage of work underway. You can spot the hockey and athletics facilities.

Funding partners

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