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.

Stay up to date with Ngā Puna Wai news and events

 

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.

19 May 2022

Netsal is planning to start construction on the new Netsal Centre facility in early winter of this year. It will take about 12 months to build.

During construction, Netsal’s contractors will primarily use McMahon Drive to access the site. This is to keep construction traffic away from the large number of vehicles that daily access the Sports Hub via Augustine Drive. However, on occasions oversized vehicles that cannot manoeuvre past the McMahon Drive roundabout will need to use Augustine Drive.

We’re also starting to develop the future transport improvements for Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. This includes the development of a new entrance at Wigram Road, increased car parking capacity to support everyday activity and events, and linking up cycleways and shared pathways through Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. All of these measures are to minimise parking on nearby residential streets.

Now that the COVID-19 Protection Framework has moved to Orange, we’ve organised an information session to discuss the future phases of the Netsal development and the wider Ngā Puna Wai traffic management plan, and to meet the contractors.

Tuesday 31 May
5.30pm–6.30pm
Te Kōhanga o Ngā Puna Wai café
Augustine Drive, Halswell

If you’re planning on attending, we would appreciate an RSVP via engagement@ccc.govt.nz by Friday 27 May.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Tessa.Zant@ccc.govt.nz, (03) 941 8935.

Past updates

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.