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This page is being developed to publicise preparations for the celebration of the first 50 years of Arawa Canoe Club. We aim to keep this updated with news as plans progress. In the meantime, spread the word and get involved.

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

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 bookmark this page and check back soon.

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Details of the various events planned to provide social and sporting opprtunities for members, past and present, to come together to celebrate what Arawa represents today, and remember the many personalities who have contributed to our club over the years.


Social Drinks

To kick the weekend off, a get together at the Arawa Canoe Club, Kerr's Reach, will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, new and old, to see what's going on at the club today and share stories and memorabilia that make up the club's rich history.

Register here for the Social Drinks


The Redzone Rage

Making the most of the current state of the Arawa "neighbourhood", the Redzone Rage will is in honour to the clubs history in developing paddlers involved in multi-sport and adventure racing events around the country. Short Course and Long Course events are on the drawing board, aimed to provide a fun event for athletes and weekend warriors of all ages and abilities.

Be prepared to kayak/mountainbike/run around the Redzone with a friend or family member (or let us know if you need a team-mate). There will be compulsory check points along with optional "bonus point" check points. The event will be time limitted with penalties for a late return. This is a social event, being organised by club members - so personal responsibility is required. Enter at your own risk.

Course details will be disclosed on the day.

Register here for the Red Zone Rage


Avon-Otakaro Descent

For the more socially minded paddlers, this event will involve a light hearted float through Christchurch and down to the Arawa Canoe Club. If it's a hot day, there may be a few stops for refreshments. A cool day and we may need to stop on the odd occassion to warm up. Following on from the Redzone Rage, kayak transport from the club to the start can be arranged on the club's trailers. Register quick to secure a space.

Register here for the Avon-Otakaro Descent


Celebration Dinner

Share a buffet meal and stories with old friends and new at the New Brighton Club. The venue overlooks New Brighton Beach and the Pier. Guest speakers - Steve Gurney and Tom Ashley.

Online registration is now closed, but a few tickets are still available ($50 each) on a first come first served basis. Contact organisers via link below

Register here for the Celebration Dinner


Sprint Regatta

A social sprint regatta will provide an opportunity to see the clubs fleet of sprint craft in action on Kerr's Reach. Open to all members, past and present, racing will be short and sharp and provide fun and specticle for participants and spectators alike. This will be followed by a BBQ at the club to wrap up the weekend.

Register here for the Sprint Regatta

Event Registration

All of the events planned will offer free entry to past and present club members, with the exception of the dinner where costs need to be covered. Click on the links above to register for individual events, or below to select some or all of the events.


To stay in touch with developments for our 50th celebrations, please complete the survey below so we know how to contact you and capture some details about your involvement with Arawa and paddlesport.


Event management, public speaking, historical research - Do you have some time, energy and skills to help with orgainsing the celebrations? Drop us a line and get involved


Over the years the club has operated from different locations, with every evolving membership and committees. Information about the club's history has become dispersed or lost. We'd like to take the opportunity that the anniversary celebrations present to capture memories and memorabilia (news articles, newsletters, photgraphs, club recors, artifacts, etc) that help tell the story of our club's history.

Web Page

We have started a webpage dedicated to this purpose. While this is in it's early stages of development, we'd like you to contribute any any way you are able - make a contribution, correct an error or ommission, point us in the direction of someone who can help. Check out the Awara History Page