Otaki Canoe Polo Club

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Ōtaki Canoe Polo Club

​​​​​​Ōtaki Pool,
Haruātai Park, ​​​​​200 Mill Road, Ōtaki


​​​​​​​Sunday Beginner Sessions

Sundays  4pm - 5.30pm
(excludes school & public holidays)

Cost per session  $5.00

​​​​​​​All levels of paddling skill welcome, ideal for anyone who wishes to play a team sport.  First time trying the sport is free


Tuesday Club Night

Tuesdays  7.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost per session  $5.00
Teams organised on the night


Club gear is provided including helmets, paddles, and boats

Recommended clothing, swimwear, shorts, and ideally a rash top or sports shirt

Canoe Polo is a team sport, a mix of basketball, water polo, and kayaking, it's great fun, and our Coaches will look after you

​​​​​​​About our Coaches.... Pete, Oceania Vet squad member, former Coach of the New Zealand Women's Canoe Polo Squad, winning the World Championship Title (2016)  

Cam, New Zealand's Refereeing Manager since 2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our Coaches are competitive polo players, possessing a wealth of knowledge and expertise, with plenty of humour and banter on offer

​​​​​​​''We offer a family-orientated environment,
we are disciplined, but also have a lot of fun,​​​
​​​​​​​becoming a great player is just a bonus"
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Intermediate Canoe Polo

Thursday night inter-club is open to intermediate-age girls and boys interested in making new friends, having fun, and an introduction to competitions.  To compete at Regionals and Nationals, players are invited to train with our secondary school team


Secondary School Canoe Polo

Students from Ōtaki College, and the surrounding District, are invited to join our Secondary School and Open Grade teams for regional and national competitions and/or training sessions

Canoe Polo is a game for everyone.  Competitions are graded according to skill level.  Ideal for all students who wish to play a team sport

A great way to get started is to come along to our Sunday sessions to learn ball and paddling skills


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About our Club, the Ōtaki Canoe Polo Club is always welcoming new and returning members. Our aim is to offer and promote canoe polo at all levels within and surrounding Kāpiti

Our club was originally formed in the early 1980s, founding members were Bruce Benseman, Steve Elgar and Peter Housiaux (Pete is still a member of the club, being honoured with Life Membership over 10 years ago, and continues as a Coach, a Polo Player, and a committee member). All three men were involved in multisport/triathlons, surf life saving, and general river kayaking.  All recognising the skills gained through canoe polo, complimented their other outdoor pursuits, as well as being a heck of a lot of fun amongst the family-friendly NZ canoe polo fraternity that continues to maintain this positive vibe  

On the 15th January 1991, the club was officially incorporated under the name of the Horowhenua Canoe Club, having grown dramatically since its formation, back in the 1980s.  With a name change to the Ōtaki Canoe Club Inc in 2004


2023 Competition Rules, if you wish to brush up on the rules, head to Chapter 10 


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To find out more,

email us at otakicanoeclub@gmail.com,

chat with a committee member,

or come along to the Sunday Session,

​​​​​​​first time trying canoe polo with us is free
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(this page was updated 20/10/23)