New Zealand's top sports events

Kiwis are sports mad and love the great outdoors. As a result, New Zealand hosts an exciting range of sporting events every year.

Hawke's Bay Marathon

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 and go for 42km or take it a little easier with a 21km and 10km walk or run. 

Winter Games NZ

The highlight of the southern hemisphere ski season, you may go to the Winter Games 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.

The Pioneer

The Pioneer is an awe-inspiring six-day mountain bike stage race through and around New Zealand’s pristine Southern Alps. Starting and finishing in Queenstown, the race links together amazing riding over private farm tracks, NZ Cycle Trails, double track and single track.

New Zealand Open

Held in Queenstown, the ISPS Handa Open is a major event on the New Zealand sporting calendar. Hosted at two spectacular golf courses – Millbrook Resort and The Hills – the tournament incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of professional and amateur golfers. 

 

 

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

From humble beginnings in 1977, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has become New Zealand's largest cycling event, with around 7000 riders visiting the pristine and picturesque Lake Taupo every year. With options for all ages and experiences, anyone can enjoy New Zealand's premier cycling event.

Coast to Coast

An iconic multisport event, Coast to Coast 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. 

Crankworx Rotorua

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 catch a cultural performance.

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