Canoe Racing New Zealand (CRNZ) is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) that governs the kayaking disciplines of Canoe Sprint, Ocean ski and Canoe Marathon in NZ. CRNZ is responsible for leading, promoting, developing, enhancing and protecting the sport of Canoe Racing in New Zealand. 

We punch well above our weight as a sport and have proven success across multiple Olympic Campaigns in Canoe Sprint, as one of New Zealand’s best performing Olympic sports.

But it’s not all about high performance. We are actively focused on grassroots growth of paddling, removing barriers and helping to drive participation and engagement across all disciplines through smart, strategic initiatives.

There are three pillars to our organisation and strategic direction:


Build a large, diverse community of paddlers, coaches and volunteers, participating in a range of disciplines for fun, wellbeing and competition.


New Zealand kayakers consistently winning world and Olympic medals.

A talent pathway that consistently identifies and prepares the right athletes for high performance.

A healthy, vibrant sport providing a pool of talented athletes and opportunities for those athletes to achieve their goals in kayaking.


Connect kiwis with our sport and build a more engaged community through communication and technology