Canterbury Agricultural Park and Ngā Puna Wai

Canterbuy Agricultural

Visitor information

Getting there

Canterbury Agricultural Park and Ngā Puna Wai are situated beside each other, five kilometres from the centre of Christchurch. The main public access is off Curletts Road, beteen the suburbs of Wigram and Hillmorton.

The nearest bus route is the Orange line. Please visit Metroinfo(external link) for the latest bus information.

Things to do

Overall, the reserves area comprises 83 hectares to be used for a variety of recreational opportunities from organised sports to informal recreation. This includes some great walking and cycling tracks around the lake in Ngā Puna Wai. 

With the exception of the Canterbury A&P Show, the Agricultural Park is primarily used as sports grounds but is also home to a number of organisations such as Riding for the Disabled(external link), Halswell Pony Club, (external link)and the South Island German Shepherd League.(external link)

Ngā Puna Wai is the proposed site for a new athletics track and sports hub (external link)to replace facilities lost at QEII Park and around the city.

Important infomation

You may see horses tied to floats, horse riders and loose animals in Canterbury Agricultural Park - it is important to keep gates closed not approach, touch or chase animals.

Historically, this park has been used by agricultural organisations. As a multi use facility it is important to be courteous to all park users.

If you are using the park for recreation in the weekend, please download the flyer [PDF, 1.4 MB] to see where you should park as not to block through-ways.

Gates and opening hours

  • Ngā Puna Wai is open all hours.
  • The Canterbury Agricultural Park is open during daylight hours.


Dogs are required to be on a leash while on the boardwalk surrounding the retention basin pond but otherwise are welcome at both Canterbury Agricultural Park and Ngā Puna Wai Reserve under effective control.