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About The Games

The Games

The 30th Anniversary New Zealand Masters Games was held the 1st to the 10th of February 2019 in the stunning West Coast River City of Whanganui.

Since its inception in 1989, the New Zealand Masters Games has grown from humble beginnings of 1500 entrants competing across 29 sports to the heady heights of over 8,000 entrants and 67 sports, making it the biggest Masters Games event in New Zealand by far. 2019 saw more than 4,300 athletes from over 20 countries converge on Whanganui to participate in the country’s largest and longest running multi-sport event.

2021 will see the Games return to Whanganui.

The Village

Conveniently nestled in the heart of the CBD in Whanganui, the New Zealand Masters Games Village was located at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre on Queen’s Park. An unforgettable focal point, the Village was the perfect place to celebrate achievements, socialise with teammates, friends and family and enjoy the camaraderie for which the event is renowned.

Participants commemorated their participation at the Downer New Zealand Masters Games by purchasing event merchandise. A wide range of merchandise was available at the Games Village during the event.

In addition to the Sport & Leisure Expo, Food Court, and Outdoor Bar, there was nightly entertainment programme set to wow the Games Village during the event. The Village was home to the Opening and Closing ceremonies of this spectacular event.