The very best of Auckland city and its surrounding areas will be showcased during the World Masters Games 2017. From beach to parks, from forest to lakes and a cache of world-class arenas and stadiums we bring you six good reasons why the 45 official World Masters 2017 Games venues rock.
1 – Parklife
Half a dozen parks will be used as venues for the World Masters Games 2017 with the city's oldest park the Auckland Domain providing a stunning location for cross country running. The target archery participants will relish competing in the beautiful Cornwall Park, which is centered on the volcanic cone at One Tree Hill. Among the other parks acting as Games venues are McLeod Park (baseball) in the west, Lloyd Elsmore Park (baseball and rugby) to the east and Bruce Pulman Park (basketball and touch) to the south of the city.
2 – Water, water everywhere
As a city surrounded by the Ocean you might expect that event organisers could serve up some eye-catching water based venues and they do not disappoint. Canoe, surf lifesaving and ocean swimming events will take place off the shore at Takapuna Beach and more canoe-based events at nearby Lake Pupuke will ensure the North Shore suburb of Takapuna is going to be a hub of water sports action. A little further north and the Torbay Sailing Centre will be home to the Sailing events. Meanwhile, Lake Karapiro, a two-time former World Rowing Championships venue a little under 150km south of Auckland, will be a popular base for rowing.
3 – Woody marvellous!
To the north west of Auckland the 12,500 hectare Woodhill Forest will be one of the 'jewels in the crown' of event locations at the 2017 World Masters Games. Boasting more than 100km of purpose built mountain bike trails it will be a popular location for the mountain biking and orienteering.
4 – World-class arenas and stadia
Some of the finest venues across the city will be available for World Masters Games participants with swimmers competing in the state-of-the-art Sir Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre, which is due for completion in mid-2015. The football will be based out of the North Harbour Stadium, host venue for the final of the 2015 FIFA World U20 World Cup in June. The North Shore Events Centre -home of the successful New Zealand Breakers basketball team – will host basketball. Outside of Auckland the Avantidrome – a world-class velodrome in Cambridge - will provide the very best track cycling venue.
5 – City slickers
Auckland's CBD will also embrace the event with the Waterfront hosting athletics half-marathon and 10km events, the cycling time trial, triathlon and orienteering's sprint qualification. The nearby Wynyard Quarter will be the venue for cycling's criterium.
6 – A touch of class
The city will also use a range of popular and historic venues across the city including the impressive Auckland Table Tennis Centre on Gillies Avenue, a trio of bowling clubs (Carlton Cornwall, Remuera, Mt Eden) that were established back in the 19th century and a quartet of well regarded golf clubs from Pakuranga in the east to Muriwai in the west.