Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub

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

Nga Puna Wai

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.


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

29 January 2021

Ngā Puna Wai is a hot spot buzzing with activity over the summer months with numerous tournaments, competitions, practices and events held by a range of different sporting codes making the most of the outstanding facility.

It’s not just sports utilising the space during this period – a variety of non-sporting organisations are seeing the benefits of hosting events at the city’s southwestern home of sport, including The Christchurch Car Show and Dementia Canterbury’s Memory Walk.

Jumayah Jones, Programme Facilitator at the Nawawi Center, is another local who is keen to make the most of Ngā Puna Wai, and in doing so, highlights the venue as a unique space that encourages community activation.

Read more(external link)

18 November 2020

Ngā Puna Wai is a place for everybody, a place of opportunity where people can feel safe and supported to try something new – and on Wednesday 18 November a group of very special individuals did just that.

Over 200 athletes from 12 different secondary schools came together at Ngā Puna Wai for the annual Special Olympics Canterbury Athletics Day Secondary Schools Event for students with intellectual disabilities.

This is the third year in a row that this event has been held at the facility since its 14-year history, something that the participants and supporters alike are grateful for.

Read more(external link)

4 November 2020

The YouthTown Condor Sevens National Secondary Schools Regional Qualifying Tournament was a milestone on the Ngā Puna Wai calendar, as the first ever rugby event held at the community sports hub and hugely exciting for the 19 female and male teams involved – many for the first time ever.

Read more(external link)

11 June 2020

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub in Halswell will the home for Netsal’s new indoor multi-court facility. 

The Council agreed to issue Netsal a 33-year lease on the land, subject to conditions around traffic, lighting and access. A comprehensive Traffic Management Plan will also be developed to consider matters around parking on and around the site.

The decision was based upon the Hearings Panel recommendation, who considered the 92 submissions received during the public consultation process earlier this year. Of the 92 submissions received by the Council on the Netsal Centre proposal, 76 per cent were in favour, and 24 per cent were opposed to granting the lease. 

You can read more about the decision on Newsline(external link)

22 May 2020

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub in Halswell could become a suitable home for a new indoor multi-court facility, but changes are needed to resolve traffic, parking and access issues, a Hearings Panel has decided.

After considering public submissions, a Hearings Panel chaired by Cashmere Councillor Tim Scandrett has given its support to reserve land at Ngā Puna Wai being leased for up to 33 years as the site for a 10-court Netsal Centre. However, the panel is recommending a number of conditions are placed on the lease. Read more on Newsline.(external link)

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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
NZRL Under 20s national Competition Rugby League Fields 1 & 2 and Community Sports Fields 28 February and 14 March link)
2021 Bunnings National Touch Championship: Opens and Masters All areas 4 to 7 March 2021 link)
New Zealand Ultimate Championship All areas 26 to 28 March 2021 link)
Christchurch City Council Walking Festival All areas 19 April 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.


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. 


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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.

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



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.

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