Kiwis are sports mad and love the great outdoors during all seasons. As a result, New Zealand hosts an exciting range of major sporting and annual events.
Cycling / Mountain Biking
Crankworx, Rotorua - 16th to 24th of March 2024
A world celebration of mountain biking, the Crankworx tour starts in New Zealand before continuing on to Australia, France and Canada. Events are staged in picturesque locations throughout Rotorua, including Skyline Gravity Park and the famed Whakarewarewa Forest. Witness the speed-loving pros compete or ride some epic trails yourself. In your downtime, soak in hot tubs, visit Eat Street, or immerse yourself in a cultural performance.
The BMX Racing World Cup is an event promising thrills and adrenaline like no other. The first two rounds of the 2024 UCI Racing World Cup will be hosted at Te Papa o Te Kauri BMX facility at Whakawerawera in Rotorua on the 10th and 11th of February.
New Zealand Open - 29th of February to the 3rd of March 2024
The prestigious New Zealand Open will be a highlight of New Zealand’s sporting calendar.
The finest Golf athletes will converge to New Zealand from the 29th of February to the 3rd of March 2024 to compete in this remarkable tournament.
The event will showcase the exceptional athletes’ skills, as well as one of New Zealand’s most picturesque golf course, set in breath-taking location, offering spectacular backdrops. The competition will take place in the South Island at the Millbrook Resort golf course located in Queenstown.
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship - 14th & 15th of December 2024
Taupō will be the epicentre of endurance on the 14th and 15th of December 2024, with elite triathlon athletes gathering for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. It will be the first time that New Zealand host the competition, with its unique landscapes offering the perfect scenery for an unforgettable race.
The Taupō’s Motorsport Park in Taupō will be hosting roaring high-performance engines and world class drivers during the iconic Repco Supercars Championships in April 2024, 2025 and 2026 (month may be subject to change).
The 2024 edition will take place from the 19th to the 21st of April. The circuit is set in the countryside, with the volcanic Mount Tauhara(opens in new window) providing a spectacular backdrop.
Spectators can explore Taupō’s beautiful landscapes and wide range of activities.
Global Youth Sevens - 15th to 17th of December 2023
New Zealand will be welcoming the world’s young rugby talent as Auckland will be hosting the Global Youth Sevens tournament. The world’s next rugby stars will be competing from the 15th to the 17th of December 2023, displaying their skills and passion for the sport.
New Zealand is well known for its rugby-loving communities, making this event unforgettable for both spectators, fans and players.
Hawke's Bay is famous for its vineyards, beaches and orchards. So what better way to take in a region's highlights than by running or walking? You can opt for the full Hawke's Bay Marathon(opens in new window) and go for 42km or take it a little easier with a 21km half marathon and 10km walk or run.
An iconic multisport event, Coast to Coast(opens in new window) sees competitors run, bike, hike and kayak across some of the most spectacular parts of the South Island. Starting from the windswept West Coast, the 243km course travels across the Southern Alps before ending at Christchurch's New Brighton Pier where a vibrant beachside festival greets competitors.
The highlight of the southern hemisphere ski season, you may go to the Winter Games NZ(opens in new window)for the world-class competition, but you'll stay for the spectacular scenery. Held every year in Queenstown and Wanaka, the resort towns come alive with a jam-packed programme promising heaps of fun-filled festivities.
Festival of Weightlifting - 17th to the 25th of February 2024
The Festival of Weightlifting 2024 will be hosted at the Due Drop Event Centre in Auckland in February 2024. Witness exceptional display of strength as top weightlifting athletes reunite for this thrilling competition.
The festival combines two major events:
The Oceania Cup - 17th and 18th of February: a fitness competition that features the youth, junior and senior championships.
The Oceania Championships - from the 21st to the 25th of February: watch the elite weightlifters from around the globe, competing for a place at the Paris Olympic 2024.
Whether you are a fan or new to this sport, you’ll be amazed at these feats.