Welcome to the Arawa Canoe Club

Who we are

The Arawa Canoe Club is dedicated to kayak racing - mostly medium to long distance races on grade 2 to 2+ whitewater, and flat water races, from sprints up to marathon distance.  Over 350 members cover the spectrum from very social to very competitive and are well supported with training sessions, race programmes and great facilities in the heart of Christchurch.
Our building is on the edge of the Avon River, has storage for 165 kayaks, and has changing facilities (separate mens and women's!), gym, kayak ergs, kitchen and a big meeting room.  We have a range of club kayaks available to members to get them going, and to get them going higher up the competitive ladder.

Club Rooms  & Gym

Our club is for use by all members, please help to keep it tidy.  There is a rubbish bin by the door and a couple of brooms floating around to sweep up dust and weed.  As we are now having to pay to dispose of our rubbish, please place any recyclable items in the recycle bin to help reduce the load.

Please note that the gym is for use by our financial members only.  You can not bring a guest with you.

If you notice any maintenance issues or kayaks that need attention please contact Richard, our premises and equipment committee member, if we don't know it's broke we can't fix it!


Club Constitution

This is what our club is based on and we are bound by these rules.  Click here to view. 

Please click here to see a copy of our audited Annual Report.

Club Working Bee - Saturday 4th October

The club needs your muscle to get a few jobs done - primarily shifting some plants but there are other jobs too.  Starts 11.00am, a few hands make light work so we hope to see you there.  Please bring a shovel and wheelbarrow if you have one.



Arawa Canoe Club is now actively seeking coaches to help with our newly formatted sessions.  The time requirement is not huge, helping once or twice a month helps share the load.

So anyone who can help out on the occasional Thursday at 5.30pm, we would love to hear from you. Contact James our club coach to register your interest. 

Bridge Repair Info

There repairs happening on many of the bridges that we paddle under and around on the Avon.   Be mindful of any obstacles this may create and take care around repairs.  Be sure to obey any signage that is posted.

Information on Gayhurst Bridge Closure here.

Club Rules

Like any club we have rules.  These are designed to ensure things run smoothly and to provide members with some guidance as to what is expected.   To read up on these rules click here.

Thursday night is 'Club Night'

Our club coaches have put their heads together and the result has been a decision to run our club session on Thursday nights.  What this means is there will now be more support for paddlers once they process past our beginners sessions and help bridge the gap between beginners and Weedcatchers.  Feedback so far has been positive.  Our beginners in particular are appreciating our awesome new floodlight which are lighting up the Avon out front of the club.

Now running on Thursday nights

You can come to 3 sessions to try it out before we ask you to join the club.  Click here for an application form.


Brett, in one of the Club's new Barracuda Beachcombers.  Helping Steve with some technique at one of our beginners sessions. 

Date set for 2014 Rasdex Classic River Race

We are excited to announce that Rasdex will be supporting our race for a second year as our major naming rights sponsor.  The race this year will be held on Sunday 14th December.  We have put in a request for favourable weather and river conditions so hopefully this is early enough to be actioned by the weather gods! Entry forms are currently being prepared.   Please keep an eye on this page for more details as they come to hand.

2013 full race report click here

2013 race results  click here



Arawa Canoe Club is now actively seeking coaches to help with our beginner sessions.  The time requirement is not huge, helping once or twice a month helps share the load.

Times are Wednesdays 5:30pm.

Contact Club Coach or sign up at the club on the coaching notice board located just inside the main door in the older part of the storage shed.

Coast to Coast '13

The weather & river were in near perfect  conditions for this years race.

Congratulations to all club members who completed the race many with great success.


Keep up to date with regular happenings on the Arawa Canoe Club Facebook page

Click here to find us and "Like us"

Matthewes Cup

The date has been set for Sunday 17h March 2013.

A race with a bit of a difference on Lyttleton Harbour.

Click here for more information.


Weedcatchers is mixing it up with alternate weeks of regular Weedie sessions and 10km mass start time trial.  A great opportunity to push yourselves against other paddlers.

Check out our results page for the times.

14 Feb Time Trial / 21 Feb Weedies / 28 Feb Time Trial / 7 Mar Weedies / 14 Mar Time Trial / 21 Mar Weedies / 28 March No Session due Easter /  4 Apr Final Time Trial

From 11th April we will revert back to regular Weedcatchers every week until next summer.