Kiwis are sports mad and love the great outdoors. As a result, New Zealand hosts an exciting range of sporting events every year.
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.
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.
Set between the backdrop of the spectacular Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges, the picturesque Queenstown International Marathon offers run options from 42km to 10km, and a 2.2km fun run for the kids. This is the perfect opportunity to take in the region’s best highlights including Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Shotover River and Lake Wakatipu.
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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