500 days until Auckland hosts World Masters Games

Last Updated : 05 Oct 2016
Master your game_1

In April 2017, 25,000 athletes from more than 100 countries will touch down in Auckland for 10 days of sporting challenge and excitement at the World Masters Games 2017

The largest event staged in New Zealand since the 2011 Rugby World Cup, it will feature 28 sports played across 45 competition venues, from stadiums and arenas to beaches and forests. 

So if you’ve always wanted to shoot an arrow like Robin Hood, or serve a tennis ball like Venus Williams, now’s the time to pick a sport and start training! 

Key things you need to know

  • Who: participants aged from 25 years old and up. The games are open to athletes of all abilities. You don’t need to qualify or be selected. Athletes compete in their own age group and preferred category: competitive, recreational or social.
  • When: 21-30 April 2017
  • Sport types: 28 sports
  • Registration: opens in February 2016
masters games 5.JPG
Te Waka Huia warriors provide a taste of what to expect at the World Masters Games 2017 opening ceremony.

About the World Masters Games

Founded on the ‘sport for all’ philosophy of the Olympic Charter, the summer World Masters Games is held every four years, promoting lifelong competition between mature sports people, regardless of age, gender, race, status and religion. 

Read more about the history of the games

Back to News