• Registration BACK TO TOP

    • Registration close date

      Entries for most individual and team sports close on 3 March 2017. Registered teams must also meet their minimum numbers by this date, but additional members can still join a team up until 31 March 2017. 

      All sports, and entries for supporters and non-playing officials will close on Friday 31 March or sooner if capacity is reached.

    • Adding a photo after registering

      Due to the proximity of the Games, there is no longer the option to add photos to your account, and there will not be facilities at the Accreditation Centre. Please note that the photo is optional and you do not need to have one on your pass.

    • Registration cancellations

      As per the Participation Terms and Conditions, if you withdraw from the Games as a whole after registration, you’ll need to email WMG2017 with your intention to withdraw. You will be entitled to refunds on the following basis;

      • prior to 30 September 2016, you will be entitled to a refund of 75% of the Entry Fee
      • between 1 October 2016 and 31 January 2017, you will be entitled to a refund of 50% of the Entry Fee
      • after 31 January 2017, you will not be entitled to any refund.
    • Games Community

      The Games Community is where Athletes, Supporters, Volunteers and anyone else who wants to get involved with the Games can join to connect with fellow Games participants and enthusiasts. It’s a space where you can go to ask other Games participants sports specific questions, find a team or a partner to compete with, source accommodation and also ask locals for tips and tricks for travelling around and staying in New Zealand. 

      If you find that you are trying to log in with an email address and password which isn’t being recognised, then try to reset your password only to find your email address isn’t in our system, chances are you originally joined using your Facebook credentials. If you are a Facebook user and there is a chance you initially signed up using your Facebook credentials, try using the option to log in with Facebook. If you are still experiencing issues with logging in, do contact the team at contactus@wmg2017.co.nz for further assistance.

    • Registering as a Supporter and Spectating

      Supporter registrations closed on 31 March 2017, and cannot be purchased on site at the Accreditation Centre.

      All sports will be open to the public to view at no cost, but at events where there is limited capacity, priority will be given to those that are accredited, like Athletes, Supporters and Non-Playing Officials. Examples of sports with limited viewing capacity are pool Swimming, Squash, Table Tennis and Badminton. 

      The Entertainment Hub at Queens Wharf will be open to the public. 

  • Accreditation BACK TO TOP

    • Location and opening date

      Your Accreditation pass will need to be collected from the World Masters Games 2017 Entertainment Hub at Queens Wharf, 85-89 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland. Accreditation will open on 16 April and stay open for the duration of the Games. Opening Hours are available here.

      Please note that on Friday 21 April the Accreditation centre will close by 5pm due to the Opening Ceremony taking place that evening. The pass can not be posted out prior to the Games.

      For those competing in Rowing or Track Cycling, Accreditation can be collected from Cambridge - please see our Accreditation page for details.



    • What to bring

      Each participant that registered was sent a confirmation email to the email address nominated during the registration process. This email will include a barcode that you can produce at the Accreditation desk (either on your mobile phone, tablet or printed) in order for your pass to be produced. You will also need to show photo identification and proof of age using your passport or driver's license. Those with a foreign driver's license need to be able to produce an English translation.

      If you don't have the barcode, you will be able to state your name and show your photo ID, and will still be able to receive Accreditation.

    • Collection on behalf of another

      We recommend that participants collect their own Accreditation pass and inclusions. If you need to collect your partner or team's Accreditation passes of their behalf, you'll need to bring each participants official Entry Confirmation AND their ID (either original or a copy). You'll also be required to sign a document confirming that you have collected the pass on their behalf and collected their bags and inclusions.

    • Inclusions

      At the Accreditation centre in Auckland, each participant will receive an Accreditation pass, WMG2017 backpack and Games guide. Silver participants will also receive a WMG2017 t-shirt, transport card and Auckland attractions pass. Access to the Auckland Council leisure centres is available from the time Accreditation is collected. Gold participants receive the same as Silver participants, as well as a fast track Accreditation service, attendance to an exclusive cocktail function, entry to the Gold Lounge, ferry services and a bottle of New Zealand wine. All those who registered before 31 March 2016 will receive a limited addition Hall of Fame pin.

    • Waikato - Rowing and Track Cycling

      Those not attending the Opening Ceremony in Auckland and who are staying in the Waikato area will be able to collect their Accreditation pass at a location close to the Rowing and Track Cycling venues. Note that print facilities will not be available here meaning pass amendments cannot be processed, and replacements cannot be issued. 


      Gold package holders will not receive a fast-track accreditation experience in Waikato, nor will the bottle of wine (as included in the Gold package) be available at this location.


      More detail on Waikato Accreditation can be found here.

  • Sports Specific BACK TO TOP

    • Are the sports at World Masters Games 2017 being televised/live broadcasted?

      While there won’t be any live broadcasts for World Masters Games 2017, there will be highlight reels and athlete footage streamed at the Entertainment Hub at Queens Wharf, as well as via our Social Media channels Facebook and Twitter.

    • The sports schedule and competing in more than one sport

      Scheduling is a continuous work in progress with our Sports and Venues Operations division and sports partners. As our needs and competitor numbers become clearer, details are being confirmed and regularly released on our website. Click here to view the preliminary sports schedule.

      You can keep updated with your Sports competition and scheduling in the Sports Information Guide which can be found on each Sports page.

    • Number of disciplines to enter for each sport

      For sports that have multiple disciplines and events, you can enter as many disciplines and events as your sport programme allows, without having to pay an additional fee. Please view your sports's webpage on our website, and see the Sports Information Guide for information regarding your sport's programme. 

      It is the responsibility of each competitor to check the sports schedule prior to registration to ensure their sports/disciplines do not clash.

  • Entertainment Hub BACK TO TOP

    • Entertainment Hub location and opening hours

      The Entertainment Hub is on Queens Wharf, located at the bottom of Queen Street in Auckland’s central city at 85-89 Quay Street.

      From Saturday 22 April through to Sunday 30 April. Opening hours are as follows:

      Saturday 22 April                 7AM – Midnight

      Sunday 23 April                   6AM – 10PM

      Monday 24 April                  10AM – 10PM

      Tuesday 25 April                 1PM – 10PM

      Wednesday 26 April            10AM – 10PM

      Thursday 27 April                10AM – 10PM

      Friday 28 April                     10AM – Midnight

      Saturday 29 April                 10AM – Midnight

      Sunday 30 April                   10AM – Midnight

    • Cost to enter

      The Entertainment Hub is free to enter for everyone (including WMG2017 participants and the public).

    • Getting there

      The Entertainment Hub can be easily reached from any part of the city, by foot, bike, car or public transport. There is no parking on Queens Wharf, but limited parking is available at various locations around Auckland’s CBD.

      Queens Wharf is located across the road from Britomart Transport Centre and adjacent to the Auckland Ferry Terminal. Plan your journey or download a timetable from Auckland Transport at www.at.govt.nz.      

    • Wheelchair access

      The venue is wheelchair accessible.

    • Children at the Entertainment Hub

      We’re family-friendly. There are activities throughout the day for kids and plenty of programming for everyone to enjoy.

    • Food and beverage

      There’s a fantastic selection of food and beverage on offer on the Wharf. Taste the best of New Zealand's food and beverage. Grab a coffee, relax with a drink and a burger in the Garden Bar, or head upstairs in Shed 10 for a sit down meal. With so much on offer, there's something to tickle everyone's taste buds.

    • Alcohol

      As this is a licensed event all alcohol must be purchased through the bars at the Entertainment Hub. If you wish to purchase alcohol, make sure you bring your ID with you. No alcoholic beverages can be taken outside the licensed areas.

    • Weather

      We’ll be open every day, rain or shine, except in unexpected circumstances. As well as outdoor activity there are indoor areas, providing shelter. If in doubt, check our website.

    • Medical assistance

      There is a St John station providing First Aid and medical support at the Entertainment Hub.

    • Smoking

      World Masters Games 2017 encourages a smoke free environment.

    • Access for dogs

      No dogs are allowed on site at the Entertainment Hub unless they are assistance dogs. 

  • The Ceremonies BACK TO TOP

    • Opening and Closing Ceremony location and information

      The Opening Ceremony will be held at the iconic Eden Park and includes a parade of sports. The Closing Ceremony is at Queen's Wharf, Downtown Auckland.

      You can find full details about the opening ceremony here and closing ceremony here.

    • Cost of Ceremonies

      Only those who have registered to participate as either an Athlete, Supporter or Non-Playing Official can attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Attendance at the Opening Ceremony is included in all WMG2017 participant packages, so no additional cost.

  • Travel, Transport & Accomodation BACK TO TOP

    • Accommodation ideas

      World Masters Games 2017 is pleased to announce their partnership with leading Australasian travel services company AOT Group, who will be able to provide athletes with hotel accommodation and tourism booking services for the Games. For further information, email wmg2017@aot.co.nz.

      You can also view a number of accommodation options here. If you're after something other than a hotel, feel free to email destination@wmg2017.co.nz with your details (group size, budget, accommodation type, preferred location, dates and any other requirements).

      Please also view our Community forum - a number of Aucklanders have rooms/houses available for WMG2017 participants

    • Getting to and from the Opening Ceremony

      The Opening Ceremony will be held at the iconic Eden Park, just 5km from downtown Auckland. Eden Park can be easily reached by public transport. Catch the Western Line train from Britomart Station, or one of the special event buses that leave from various locations around Auckland - show your WMG2017 official accreditation pass and ride for free. For all transport details, please see the Opening Ceremony Transport Information Guide

    • Using public transport in Auckland and the AT HOP Card

      If you are staying in central Auckland and would like to use public transport to reach your venues/s please check out the Transport Information Guide for your venue for the recommended route and how long it will take.

      If you are staying outside central Auckland, you can plan your public transport route by using Auckland Transport’s Journey Planner. Simply enter your start and end points and the journey planner will provide you with the available options.

      For full details on how to use your AT HOP card you can either visit the AT HOP card page on the Auckland Transport website, or check out our Transport FAQs.

    • Gold and Silver transport services

      All Silver and Gold packages include a transport card which provides access to Auckland's bus and train network across the 10 days of the event. Where a venue is not serviced entirely by public transport, Games shuttles will be provided for those with Silver and Gold packages. Full transport details for each venue can be found on our Transport Page.

      Details around transport from Auckland to Cambridge (home of the Track Cycling and Rowing venues) can be found in the Avantidrome Transport Information Guide and the Lake Karapiro Transport Information Guide.

    • Travelling with sports equipment

      Click here for information about transporting large pieces of sporting gear by air, suggestions on how to transport gear once you are landside, and equipment storage during the Games.

    • Games-time transport information desk

      If you need help planning your journey or have any other transport questions, a transport help desk will be open at the Entertainment Hub at Queens Wharf from 16-30 April 2017.

    • Visa requirements

      We recommend that you click here to visit the New Zealand Immigration website in the first instance. This will provide you with all of the necessary details around visa requirements and triggers for needing one. WMG2017 is unable to assist with visa applications.

  • Volunteers BACK TO TOP

    • Applying to volunteer

      The Volunteer application process can be found here.

      Full volunteer FAQs are available here.


    • Types of volunteer roles

      There will be a wide range of volunteer roles available that cover all 25 sports and 48 venues of the World Masters Games 2017. Volunteer roles are varied, and include all referees, umpires and officials, as well as areas such as transport, media services, accreditation and VIP services.

      All volunteer roles will be based either in Auckland or Waikato (Cambridge or Lake Karapiro).

      For full details and position descriptions for each volunteer role, click here.

    • Volunteer as a referee or umpire

      Most World Masters Games 2017 sports require volunteer referees or umpires – these are known as our ‘Sport Volunteers’. You can complete an online application to be a Sport Volunteer here

  • General BACK TO TOP

    • World Masters Games explained

      The World Masters Games is a global multi-sport event for athletes of masters age, held every four years, in a different city of the world each time. Every sport is different with respect to the age at which athletes becomes masters. However you’re a master at age 25 in swimming and generally a master in most sports by the age of 35. The World Masters Games follows the Olympics model. There are summer and winter Games like the Olympics. Plus there are opening and closing ceremonies and medals awarded. The difference is that you do not need to be an elite athlete to compete and in most sports, you don’t need to qualify. Anyone can register for the Games – whether to win, to have fun, to beat your personal best or to travel to a new place of the world. Some sports also have competition classifications for para-athletes.

    • World Masters Games 2017 dates

      The dates are : Friday 21 April to Sunday 30 April 2017 – which is autumn in New Zealand. The weather in autumn is cooler than in the humid summer months with long fine spells. The Games is in the school holidays so families can take part. ANZAC Day also falls during the Games.

      The Games are 10 days long starting with an opening ceremony and ending with a closing ceremony. During that time athletes can enjoy hanging out in the Games entertainment hub, and there is an active programme of entertainment and social activities.

    • The sports and venues

      28 sports and 45 disciplines make up the WMG2017 sporting programme. Core sports are archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, canoe, cycling, football, hockey, orienteering, rowing, shooting, softball, squash, table tennis, triathlon and weightlifting. The 12 optional sports are baseball, golf, lawn bowls, netball, sailing, rugby, surf life saving, swimming, tennis, touch, volleyball and water polo. As is customary, two sports – weightlifting and orienteering – will hold their annual World Masters Championships at World Masters Games 2017. The 11 Para-Sports are Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Canoe, Cycling, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Triathlon. To see the full sporting schedule including sports disiplines and age requirements click here

      48 venues have now been confirmed. Visit the ‘sports’ section of our website to find out more about each venue. WMG2017 is proud that the 28 sports will be held in some of Auckland’s best sporting venues. Venues will offer athletes access to important associated facilities and in most cases, transport routes will be defined in advance to help competitors get to and from their venues with ease.

    • Lowest competitor ages by sport

      The lowest competitive age is defined by each sport. It can be as young as 25 as in the case of swimming and 30 as in the case of archery, canoe polo, football and shooting. In general, you’re a masters athlete by the age of 35. There is no upper age limit.

      The age category you compete in is dependent on the sport. For most sports, the age category cut off date is 31 December 2017. For example if you are 44 during Games time, but have turned 45 by the end of the year you would compete in the 45+ age category.

      The two sports with a different cut off date are Athletics and Squash, with the date being the first day of competition. Therefore the age you are on at the first day of competition for either sport, determines which age category you compete in.

    • Competition structure

      Athletes compete in age brackets of five to 10 years, depending on the sport. In teams, the competitive age category is usually based on the age of the youngest member of the team. There are some exceptions to this rule, rowing is determined by the average age of the crew and surf life saving and athletics relay events are determined by the combined ages of team members. Some sports are structured to include a variety of competition formats, which range from competitive to social to recreational.

    • Insurance cover and medical testing

      Your entry fee does not include any form of insurance, including any medical or travel insurance. It is the Participants’ responsibility to secure private travel and medical insurance to cover any liabilities associated with their travel and accommodation in relation to attending or participating in the event.

      If you are an Athlete or Para-Sport Athlete, you confirm and acknowledge that you are physically and mentally capable of competing in the Sport you have entered and have not been advised otherwise by a medical professional. Athletes are not required by the Organiser to undergo medical testing prior to the Games.


    • Team uniforms and use of logo

      As our Games Merchandise partner, Project Clothing has the exclusive rights for use of the WMG2017 logo and/or event name on sportswear. Due to this, we are unable to facilitate the use of our logo on team uniforms, other than via Project Clothing.