Welcome to Arawa Canoe Club

Kayak Racing in Canterbury Starts Here

Since it's inception in 1967, Arawa has grown to become New Zealands largest club dedicated to the sport of kayak racing.

Whatever your interest or experience in paddle sports, there is something at Arawa for you.

We're Celebrating 50 years of Paddling at Arawa

Preparations are underway for a weekend of social and sporting events to celebrate the first 50 years of Arawa Canoe Club. Note the dates:

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of March, 2018

Events will include:

Friday, 23 March, 20186:00pm - 8:00pmSocial DrinksKerr's ReachDetails to follow
Saturday, 24 March, 20188:00am - 11:30amMulti-Sport EventKerr's ReachDetails to follow
Saturday, 24 March, 20181:00pm - 4:00pmSocial PaddleAvon-Otakaro RiverDetails to follow
Saturday, 24 March, 20186:00pm - 10:30pmCelebration DinnerNew Brighton ClubDetails to follow
Sunday, 25 March, 201810:00 - 12:00pmSprint Racing EventKerr's ReachDetails to follow
Sunday, 25 March, 201812:00pm - 2:00pmBBQKerr's ReachDetails to follow

Spread the word - tell your paddling friends to join in and let's make it a weekend to remember. More information to come. Stay up to date - Like our Arawa 50 Facebook Page, or check out the Arawa 50 Webpage


There are many benefits of membership at Arawa Canoe Club.


Located conveniently next to Avon River. Central to all areas of Christchurch and close to the city centre. Convenient for training before or after work/school. Changing rooms with hot showers.


Improve your paddling technique. Train with like minded athletes and feed off their passion for paddling. Develop a training program.


Have a go! Use one of the clubs fleet of kayaks to find the right craft for your skills, experience and paddling ambitions.


Storage for more than 270 kayaks in the club's shed makes flat water training convenient. Save yourself the hassle and wear and tear of transporting your kayak to and from the river for training.


Augment your on water training with gym sessions. A selection af free weights and resistance training equipment is available for members use.


Make new friends. Organise partners/groups for trainins sessions and river trips. Get advice and ideas from those who have been there and done that. Tap into their experience to reach your goals faster.


Paddling challenges and experiences

Arawa is invloved in the organisation and facilitation of racing opportunities for members interested in testing themselves in competitive racing. Flat water, down river and sea events feature in the clubs racing calendar.

Classic River Race

Classic River Race

NZ's premier river race

CRNZ Sprint Nationals


The country's best sprint paddlers compete annually for National Titles

Other Events

Mathews Cup - Celebrating canoe racing in Canterbury

Weedies Time Trials - Test your progress among your peers

South Island Regatta - Sprint racing for club and school honours


What's your Paddling Interest?

Arawa members are involved in many forms of paddle sport


Keep up with whats going on at Arawa

Check whats been happening with the club and it's members



Get in touch with us. See details below of where to find the clubs and how to contact the club's administrator.

You an also use our Support Page to log a request for assistance

Contact details for Arawa's committee can be found here - Committtee

Kerr's Reach

+64 22 171 1890

Office hours - Mon-Wed, 9:00am-2:30pm.
If the phone is unattended, please leave a message or contact us via email or Facebook Messenger


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