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

New Zealand Open

Held in Queenstown, the ISPS Handa Open(opens in new window) 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. 



BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is NZ’s premier and largest cycling event, with around 5,000 riders from across New Zealand and the globe taking part each year! It is New Zealand’s most sought after biking event, creating memorable experiences in one of our country’s most breath-taking locations, Lake Taupo , and offers road, MTB and recreational category options.

The Pioneer

The Pioneer(opens in new window) 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.

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(opens in new window) 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 NZ(opens in new window) for the world-class competition but you'll stay for the spectacular scenery. Held every year in Queenstown, Wanaka, and Naseby the resort towns come alive with a jam-packed programme promising heaps of fun-filled festivities.

Coast to Coast

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. 

Queenstown International Marathon

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.   

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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