Welcome to the Arawa Canoe Club

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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 men's 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.

There are groups using the gym on Mondays and Wednesday from 6.30am - 7.30am. The gym is closed to other users during these times.

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

Club Constitution & Rules

This is what our club is based on and we are bound by these.  

Click here to view.  

Like any club, we also have rules.  These are designed to ensure things run smoothly and to provide members with some guidance as to what is expected.  To familiarise yourself with the rules, click here.

Beginner Kayaking Sessions

Thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers we are able to offer the following Beginner & Intermediate Sessions.


Thursday 5.30-6.30pm

Saturday 9.00am-10.00am


Thursday 5.30-7.00pm

To ensure sufficient boats and coaches are available, you need to register for these sessions by the night before.  Please indicate 'going' on our club facebook page so we know to expect you.

Click here to go to our Training Page for more details.

With Grateful Thanks

This year we have been very fortunate in receiving a number of grants from which the Club members have benefitted.   We cannot thank these Trusts, Foundations and Charities enough for their support.

*  Mainland Foundation


*  Pub Charity

*  The Southern Trust

*  Rata Foundation

*  New Zealand Racing Board


Waimak Paddlers take note

Please click here to view the calendar of events for the Canterbury Jet Boat Association.  This lists the group events/races that you may want to avoid paddling through. For more information visit: www.nzjetboating.com

 The 'Web Board' has good information.

2017 Rasdex Classic River Race

The race was held with some testing winds to keep compeitors on their toes.  Please click here for results or more information on the race. 
Due to Prologue 2 being cancelled we have decided to run an Epilogue on Sunday 21st January 2018.  More details can be found on the race facebook page under events.

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


2017 Annual Report

 Click here to view the 2017 Annual Report which was released prior to this year's AGM. 



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.