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.

For more information on the program and festival passes, head to Crankworx' official page(opens in new window).

Crankworx Summer Series – 1-3rd of March 2024

Mountain biking excellence will be at the heart of the Crankworx Summer Series 2024 in the South Island of New Zealand. The events will take place at Christchurch Adventure Park. For more information and tickets, visit the Crankworx' website(opens in new window).

UCI BMX World Cup - 10th & 11th of February 2024

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.

Or more information on the event, you can visit the BMX World Cup website(opens in new window).


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

For more information on the event, you can download the New Zealand Open app on the Apple Store(opens in new window). Alternatively, visit the New Zealand Open website(opens in new window).


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.

For more information on the event, head to the Ironman website(opens in new window).


ITM Taupō Super400 - 19th to 21st of April 2024

Taupō's Motorsport Park will be hosting roaring high-performance engines and world class drivers during the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship with the ITM Taupō Super400. The Gen3 Supercar event will run for three days from the 19th to the 21st of April 2024.

Enjoy the racing, as well as off-track entertainment and interactive activities. The circuit is set in the countryside, with the volcanic Mount Tauhara(opens in new window) providing a spectacular backdrop.

Spectators can also explore Taupō’s beautiful landscapes and wide range of activities nearby.

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2024 Masters World Cup - November 2024

In November 2024, Auckland will be the epicentre of hockey action, hosting players from around the globe. Enjoy the excitement of this high- speed game during this unique competition.

For more information on the event, visit World Masters Hockey(opens in new window).


Middle‑earth™ Halfling Marathon and Eleventy-first - 23rd of March 2024

Register for the iconic race and choose between the Half Marathon (21.1km) and the Eleventy-first (11.1km). You can choose to run or walk depending on your fitness level or preference. The comprehensive event tickets include merchandise (event Stein and reusable water cup), access to the Hobbiton movie set as part of the race, a Middle‑earth™ Halfling Marathon(opens in new window) finisher medal and much more. Whether you're a Middle‑earth™ fan or not, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won't want to miss.

Hawke's Bay Marathon - 18th of May 2024

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. 


Coast to Coast

Ninth and 10th of February 2024

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. 

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Snow sports

Winter Games NZ - August-September 2024

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.

For more information, visit the Weightlifting New Zealand(opens in new window) website.

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World Street Dance Championships 2025

This international Hip Hop tournament will energise you and leave you in awe. The competition will take place in Auckland in April 2025. More information to come.

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