Christchurch Netball Centre at Ngā Puna Wai

Christchurch Netball Centre
October 2023
Sports, Aquatics, & Education

After over 100 years of netball at Christchurch’s Hagley Park Courts, the Christchurch Netball Centre will become the new home for Christchurch Netball. The 10,050m2 facility located at Ngā Puna Wai will be used as a multisport arena. The purpose-built facility accommodates for netball, volleyball, futsal, korfball, and gymnastics whilst fostering sports diversity and community activity. The $15m centre has exceeded all client expectations. After initially thinking only 8 courts were going to be possible within their budget Apollo delivered 10 courts under the same budget through the design and build delivery process. Collaboration across the council and netball centre was outstanding, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. With a construction timeline of just over a year, the project has been delivered rapidly and without any holdups to ensure our future sporting generations can take advantage of this amazing facility sooner.

The centre will become the new meeting hub for the canterbury sporting community and ties the historical and cultural significance of the area with the present. Ngā Puna Wai, meaning “many springs water” holds great value for Ngāi Tahu, and historically the location was a meeting place for Māori to connect and collaborate. The centre unites people from all parts of the city and wider community and plays a vital role in overall community well-being.

Apollo was engaged to deliver the project under a design and build contract and was selected by demonstrating the ability to deliver a high quality product with a superior value for money which was underpinned by delivering more courts than expected for the initial budget.  Through its Preconstruction Team Apollo was able to drive the design process and ensure that the needs and requirements of the stakeholders were met at every stage.

The undoubted success of this project was not without its challenges yet has been an opportunity for Apollo’s project team to demonstrate their ability to keep the project on track and deliver above expectations whilst meeting the needs of wider stakeholders including the adjacent neighbours and consenting authority requirements.  Ultimately this project has been a great opportunity for learning and growth for our team who have relished the opportunity and risen to the challenge.


Apollo Projects has been a pleasure to work with on Christchurch Netball’s new community sport and recreation facility build. Their staff were always fantastic to deal with and incredibly accommodating. They delivered a fantastic project that our community will certainly enjoy for generations to come.

Tom Houghton, General Manager Christchurch Netball Centre
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