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Furry Convention

Waipara 2019 August 9-11th

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Southern Paws - Registration Now Open!

Two men once thought a South Island con would be a great idea. A couple of years later, multiple site visits, and strenuous planning has lead to this; Southern Paws Con. A collective of anthropomorphic enthusiasts, more commonly known as furries, will come together for the weekend of a lifetime! With activities galore on offer, a great location close to Christchurch, friends and fursuits. What else could you ask for?


About the Event


Our event has a lot of awesome activities on offer, including:

  • Water Slide
  • Flying Fox
  • Confidence Course

The Site

Hosted camp-style at a former Boys Brigade camp, now the Waipara Adventure Centre - in the middle of the scenic Waipara Valley.

The Location

Within an hours drive from Christchurch just north of the small town of Waipara. About a 45 minute drive from Christchurch Airport.

Our Team

We have an awesome team of volunteer staff and helpers making the event happen. To see who's involved, check out our staff list.


Make your choice between (cheaper!) shared bunkrooms or cabins - Sleeping three or six to a room in private bedrooms.

The Theme

The theme for this year is medieval. So dress up, grab your gear and get ready for the furry middle ages!

Got any questions?

More detailed information about the event can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Register now

Convention registration is now open for everyone. You can check out the pricing (and perks) of our bunkroom, cabin, and day passes down below.



A large single bunk room, shared with up to 14 other people.

  • Two Nights
  • Convention Entrance
  • All Catered Meals
  • All Activities
Register Now



Cabins, available in groupings of either 3 or 6 people. With our cabins you get more privacy and the option to request certain roommates.

  • Two Nights
  • Convention Entrance
  • All Catered Meals
  • All Activities
  • Request your Roommates
Register Now

Day Passes

Day Passes are available for those who wish to organise their own accommodation, or just visit the event during the day. A two day pass costs $50 giving you access to the event on Saturday and Sunday. A single day pass is $30, giving you access to the convention on Saturday only.

For more details on the restrictions and open hours for day pass holders, see the day pass section in our FAQ. To order a day pass, click here.


Official Southern Paws 2019 t-shirts are now available for order for pickup at the event! You can click here to order a t-shirt in a variety of colours and sizes.

All the latest on Southern Paws

Latest news

June 16th, 2019


Tiny bit of news, but I am sure you will all be happy because Shirts …

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June 12th, 2019

Two months to go!

We’re about 2 months away from the event and have a few updates to sh…

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May 29th, 2019

Day Passes and Shirts

Hey Everyone. It’s been a great past month. I know we’ve been silent …

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Venue & contacts





Waipara Adventure Centre