About burnside bowling club

Established in 1963 in an area of farmland in the suburb of Avonhead in the North West of Christchurch, the Burnside Bowling Club is located 3 km from Christchurch International Airport and 7 km from the city centre. The Club is situated in the 30 hectare Burnside Park which is also home to rugby, football, cricket, touch football, tennis and squash clubs. Play began in 1964 on the first of the three present-day greens. Initially separate men's and women's clubs shared the facilities but in 1998 Burnside became an amalgamated club. Today its 250 members make it the largest bowling club of the 58 clubs in the Bowls Canterbury Centre and indeed in the South Island. The three 36.6m x 36.6m maniototo weed greens are surrounded by attractive gardens with a central, large and welcoming club house which has separate dining room and lounge bar facilities. These features are complemented by a willing and skilled volunteer base and together the greens, facilities and volunteer group have made Burnside a focal point in attracting national and international events to Christchurch. Canterbury clubs are blessed with excellent greens and Burnside’s have set the standard for New Zealand conditions. These greens have been nurtured and developed by national award winning green keepers Ken Prebble (1987-2009) ,Glen Miller (2009 – 2021) and Jamey Ferris (2021 to present) to a level where many overseas players rate them among the best playing surfaces in the world. They have always received the highest praise for their consistency, pace and true line to the jack.

Since 2000 Burnside has been the headquarters for three National Championships and several Bowls New Zealand intercentre championships and regional events as well as Centre championships and representative matches. In the last decade the immaculate greens have hosted several international test matches including those against Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Malaysia, and South Africa. The Club successfully hosted World Bowls 2008 and before that the Asia Pacific Championship 2007. Burnside will once more be the headquarters for the World Bowls Championships in November 2016. This pinnacle event will again be shared with neighbouring clubs Fendalton and Bowls Papanui. In the lead up to World Bowls a series of international events has graced the greens and tested the organisational systems, volunteers and facilities – World Bowls Singles Champion of Champions 2013, Trans-Tasman Tests 2015 and 2016, Asia Pacific Championship 2015 and the Six Nations Championship 2016 – all passed with enhanced reputations.

Any club is dependent on its members and their enjoyment of the game. Burnside offers a full range of competitive and social bowls to suit any age group, experience, level of ability or interest. The Club values all its members. Among the membership past and present are several New Zealand champions including Stewart Buttar, Bruce McNish, Kevin Gore, Mike Small, Olivia Davids (schools), Nick Buttar, Andrew Todd, Jo Edwards, Tayla Bruce (club), Mandy Boyd, Angela Boyd and Mike Reynolds (disabled bowls). Dozens of others have won Centre titles or have been in winning intercentre teams. The Club has also contributed numerous Canterbury representatives in all forms of the game. A number of players have worn both the Silver Fern and the Burnside shirt – 1994 Commonwealth Games medallists Stewart Buttar and Bruce McNish, 2008 World Champions Jo Edwards and Andrew Todd, Serena Matthews, Development team members Olivia Davids, Isaac Denny, Richard Hocking and Caitlyn Bassett, Bruce Wakefield (disabled bowls), Tayla Bruce, Mandy Boyd and Angela Boyd. The Boyd sisters will represent the Black Jacks at World Bowls 2016. In addition three National Coaches have coached New Zealand teams whilst being members of the Club – Bowls NZ Hall of Fame inductee Stewart Buttar, Graeme Rees and Dave Edwards. In 2008 and again in 2011 and 2012 Burnside was awarded the title – Bowls NZ Club of the Year. The Burnside Bowling Club welcomes visitors at any time and casual players during the playing season. We have an excellent set up for coaching new comers to the sport and new members of any experience will enjoy the ambience of this sporting club. We look forward to meeting you.


Burnside Bowling Club is proud to celebrate its 50th Jubilee this season with a number of events being held from Friday 7 February to Sunday 9 February 2014.

We are very pleased to acknowledge Ian and Joan Familton of Mike Pero Real Estate, who are generously supporting our jubilee programme.

All of the scheduled events will be held at the Burnside Bowling Club at 330 Avonhead Road in Christchurch.

On Thursday 6 February (Waitangi Day), the greens and club house will be open all day. We particularly invite any out of town visitors to pop in for a roll-up.

On Friday 7 February, starting at 1.00pm, we will be hosting a jubilee tournament. This will be a drawn, mixed event for past and present members (and their partners). Dress code is mufti. The format will be dependent on the number of players who register for the event. For those past and present members who may not be able to bowl over the jubilee weekend but would like to get together with others to be part of the celebrations, we will be inviting them to come along to the Club that afternoon for a High Afternoon Tea. On Friday evening, there will be an informal Nibbles and Natter event held upstairs at the Club from 7.00pm. There will be some brief speeches of welcome and some light refreshments served. Please register for the Nibbles and Natter event.

On Saturday 8 February, we will be hosting “Club Day” at Burnside, where most of our scheduled interclub games will be played at home. We will be keen to welcome all the players coming in from visiting clubs that day. In the evening, starting at 7.00pm with pre-dinner mingling and nibbles, will be the Burnside 50th Jubilee Dinner. Dinner, buffet-style, will be provided by Catering by Nikki from 8.00pm, and there will be some formal speeches. Please register for the formal dinner.

On Sunday 9 February, running from 10.00am to 4.00pm, will be the premier jubilee tournament. This will be a drawn, mixed event for past and present members (and their partners), and invited guests. Club whites are to be worn. There will be four one and a quarter hour games, with the format dependent on the number of registered players. Lunch will be provided as part of the entry fee.

Click here to view the 50th Jubilee book.

Click here to view photos from Thursday, Friday, Saturday and and Sunday