World Masters Games 2017 is more than a competition – it’s a 10-day festival that celebrates the lifelong connection people have to competitive and social sport, and a chance for the host nation to welcome people from around the world to experience the local sights, scene and culture.

The World Masters Games 2017 Entertainment Hub will be open at Queens Wharf in the heart of Auckland from Saturday April 22 to Sunday April 30.

Featuring everything from arts and cultural displays to food and wine to comedy and music – it’s open daily for both Games’ participants and the public to enjoy.

The festivities on the wharf will commence with a weekend of welcome from Saturday 22 April and conclude with the Games Closing Ceremony on Sunday 30 April, with nightly entertainment on offer – including a number of events which are exclusive to Games participants.

Here are just some of the attractions on offer:

  • Toi Ora - Living Gallery: The Cloud comes alive with Māori arts and culture for visitors to experience and engage with. Aotearoa in one creative explosion.
  • The Garden Bar: An outdoor space with a relaxed vibe with food and music to match.
  • Shed 10: Taste the best of New Zealand’s food and beverages, while being entertained by a daily line-up of music, comedy and performance, along with a wrap up of the Games in the evenings. Highlights include performances by Will Crummer and the Rarotongans and country music sensation Tami Neilson.
  • Barfoot & Thompson Kid’s Fun Zone: Featuring the Have-A-Go outdoor sports field where kids (and their families) can try out World Masters Games 2107 sports, free giant inflatable rides and activities plus a cafe and plenty of opportunities just to chill out.
  • Participant-only parties: These will be held each Saturday night. On Saturday 22 April (Superhero Saturday) don your superhero outfit and show your best moves as 9-piece Motown revue Motor City Family Funk entertains participants, along with a special performance from Mana Men, a tongue in cheek group fusing hip hop dance, wild skits, dynamic humour and Māori culture into a highly exciting and epic performance. Then soul powered funk 11-piece Hipstamatics will feature at the Saturday Social on Saturday 29 April.

Hipstamatics. Photo by Alex Hoyles.

A full schedule of the entertainment programme will be published closer to Games time.

Situated on the picturesque Auckland waterfront, the Entertainment Hub is your gateway to the very best of what Auckland has to offer. It’s just a short walk to the Sky Tower for the city’s best views, hop on a ferry to explore the Hauraki Gulf’s many island paradises, or choose from 100s of bars and restaurants. Learn more about exploring Auckland.