Bowls Papanui is one of the iconic outdoor bowls / bowling clubs of Christchurch. The Facilities are hired out for a number of different purposes since it was founded in 1911, it has hosted some major National and International events including World Bowls and Asia - Pacific tournaments.

Bowls Papanui is known for being a friendly, yet competitive club and welcomes any prospective new members any time. 

To arrange someone to meet you and take you through the club, contact Barry Hollands on 03 352 6156 or 021 167 3830



Bowls Canterbury Awards Night

Congratulations to the following teams and individuals for receiving awards at the Annual Bowls Canterbury awards evening.

Ron Sabin - Bowls Canterbury Green-keeper of the Year

Bowls Papanui / Barrington United Winners Junior Sevens Division 1

Bowls Papanui Winners Junior Fours Division 1

Jason Johnstone and Peter Cotton Receiving White Stars

If you are visiting our website as a result of seeing our promotional signs on the corner of Blighs Road, at the clubrooms, or just have an interest in playing bowls, the following are the people you should contact for assistance.

Barry Hollands – President & Bowling Operations 3526156 or 0211673830

You may not necessarily be a new Bowler. You may have shifted into the area and are looking for a club closer to home, or just feel like a change for other reasons.

You will be made most welcome at our Club, which is friendly yet competitive, with outstanding facilities and Greens. All ages are welcome, from schoolchildren to “golden oldies”, Women or Men. There are special membership rates for first time bowlers and those attending school


Venue for Hire

At Bowls Papanui we cater to a huge range of interest groups in the hiring of our Facilities.


                   Corporates, Social Club Groups & Local Residents

                 for “Bowls Experiences”, Seminars, Team Building etc


                   Anniversaries, Weddings, Parties( Age Conditions apply)

           Community Groups, Commercial Hirers, Partner Sporting Codes


           Among the many benefits we provide, are the following.


              Two greens, the envy of most bowlers throughout the world.

       ( Recently voted the best in the world by coaches of major countries )


              Large, Modern downstairs lounge, with Full Kitchen and Bar.

              Will accommodate up to 200 people, Dedicated Dance Floor,

              Full sound system, Sky T.V., High Definition Projector and Huge

              Motorised, Remote controlled Screen. Barista Coffee Machine.


              Meeting Room for more intimate groups of up to approx 30.


              Upstairs Lounge and Bar which accommodates up to 120.


              Six Burner BBQ – Off street parking – Internet/Wi-Fi


              Plenty of Modern, well maintained Toilet areas incl. Mobility


              Five Heatpumps provide plenty of Heating/Cooling


              AED Machine ( Defibrallator ) - Revival Unit installed


              Full Security Surveillance ( Including Car Park )

For more information, see the Hiring of Facilities information on our About Us page.

If you want to see what Bowls Papanui has to offer as an event venue, contact Tony Fielding, Manager - Facilities on 3833995 or 0274338049. Alternatively email him at tony-heather@hotmail.com or bowlspapanui@xtra.co.nz.

Looking to sponsor a sports club? Bowls Papanui has a range of ways you can advertise your company at our club from advertising on this website to tournament sponsorship or more permanent signage. We have something to suit any budget and we look after our sponsors. 

To discuss Sponsorship options, call Allan Peart on 03 3237628 or Bev Baxter on 03 3596057.

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First Sovereign
 Bowls Papanui wish to acknowledge the tremendous ongoing support by First Sovereign and their local outlets, particularly Bishop Brothers Pubic House, which covers a large portion of the expense in maintaining our Greens. We are very fortunate in that this assists us greatly in funding the preparation of what are generally regarded, in the bowling fraternity, as the equal of any playing surface, not only in Canterbury, but anywhere. Our thanks go to all those involved at First Sovereign and their outlets.

The Bowls Papanui Governance Group, Executive and all members, along with our Associated Sporting clubs wish to acknowledge and show their appreciation, to the following funding groups and their local outlets, for their support in the redevelopment of our downstairs facility.

Their assistance has been invaluable in achieving our aim of providing first class facilities for our members, many associated sporting codes, community groups, social and commercial hirers, has been achieved. In the future we will continue to develop the facility, creating a sports hub and attractive venue hire ensuring the long term viability of the Edgar McIntosh Park area and our Bowling Club.

CERT ( Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Trust ) have been major supporters over the last two years and contributed significantly towards recent redevelopment of the downstairs lounge. Their support helped fund Electric Hand Driers, Floor Mats, Mains Pressure Water Cylinders, Top Board Replacement and Plumbing and Drainage. We are extremely grateful for all the assistance they have provided. More recent assistance has helped provide new sets of Club Bowls. These help new members in their choice of what to buy and having modern sets of bowls for our many Social and Corporate groups better enjoy their "bowls experiences". Help has also been given with out Insurance costs.

NZCT ( New Zealand Community Trust ) made a very significant grant which paid for a large proportion of all Vinyl and Carpeting in the non-bar related areas of the downstairs redevelopment. This was our first successful application with NZCT for some time, However they certainly came through in a big way and their timing could not have been better, for which we are very grateful.

PUB CHARITY also contributed generously to the project and their grant went toward the heat pumps and carpeting which was very much appreciated.

THE SOUTHERN TRUST have recently made a donation to enable us to complete the replacement of our Top Boards. The use of Powder coated, embossed Aluminium may be a first in  this situation and we are very pleased with the outcome.
No more Rink Pegs or Numbers to trip over, as all of those suspend from the top boards into the ditch. The markers and numbers are easily moved by the green keeper to suit the configuration of rink numbers and widths required.
We greatly appreciate The Southern Trust's support and that of their local outlets in enabling us to complete this project in time for the new season. Recent help has been funding towards a new Weed Sprayer which has significantly aided our Greenkeeper with the maintenance of our Greens.

Our Funders

Our Sponsors 

Please support them, they support us! 

Performance Physio
Lamb and Hayward
John Rhind Funeral Directors
The Flooring Centre
S B S Bank
French Bakery
Liquor Centre Hornby
Christchurch Casino
Bishop Brothers Pubic House
Lion Breweries
Chopsticks Restaurant
Meat @ Millers
Unichem Bishopdale
Identity Signs
Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village
L B J Bar
Diana Isaacs Retirement Village
Angus Meats
Independent Line Services
Harcourts Bishopdale
Armitage Williams
THT Optometrists
Dana Dental

Mahjong Ladies
Harvey Topp Realtors
Mike Pero Real Estate
Akarana Publishing

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