Frequently Asked Questions

What days are the sports on?

The sports are spread over the 9 days of the New Zealand Masters Games. The schedule for the games is available through the sports tab of this website which details all the sports, which days they are on, along with the minimum age to enter.

When can I register?

Every participant in the Games must register and pay in order to compete. Registrations are online (no paper entries);  you can enter directly from this website once registrations open. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can register at the Whanganui i-SITE and Whanganui District Library. Public computers are also available at most i-SITES and libraries across New Zealand.

How old do I need to be?

The lowest competitive age is defined by each sport. It can be as young as 18 (as in the case of Ice Figure Skating) and 30 as in the case of paddlesports, netball or golf to name a few. On average most sports minimum is 30 and best yet there is no upper age limit. Refer to the Sports Information page for each sports age.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is a games registration fee along with a sports fee which is dependent on the sports you register for.  The costs are released at the same time as registrations open.  The sport that you register for will have a separate fee which allows your participation in the specified sport.  The cost of this varies so please look at each individual sport as to the fee which applies.

What does my NZMG Registration Fee cover?

Your NZMG registration fee covers participation entry into the Masters Games, a souvenir games guide, a souvenir sports bag, access to the Games Village including the nightly entertainment and entry to the Opening Ceremony. In many cases competitors will need to provide their own sports equipment.  The Registration Fee goes towards the running of the Games while the sports fees go to the sports club or association that is running the NZMG event for their sport. Each sport sets their own fees.

How many disciplines can I enter?


For sports that have multiple disciplines and events, you can enter as many as your sport programme allows without having to pay an additional registration fee. It is the responsibility of each competitor to check the sports schedule prior to registration to ensure their sports/disciplines do not clash.

I want to participate but need to find a team to join how do I do this?


Many of the sports can assist with connecting you with a partner or a team so do contact the Sports Partner directly. Alternatively, if you have difficulty the Masters Games team can generally assist with connecting you with a team.

If I’m part of a team do I still need to register?

Yes, every team member needs to register, pay the registration fee and sports fee. A team and all members of that team can be registered together or individually. People can also be added to a team later on.

Do you have volunteers?


There are a wide range of volunteer roles available that cover all sports and venues at the New Zealand Masters Games. Volunteer roles are varied and a range of skills and experience are required. If you’re interested in being one of our stars for 2019, why not register your interest at 

Can I have people come to events to support me?


We encourage you to have supporters at the event and we welcome them. The supporter’s fee covers the entry to the sports events, a games handbook, a souvenir sports bag, access to the Games Village including the nightly entertainment and entry to the Opening Ceremony.

Where can I go for assistance with accommodation?


Dunedin has a wide range of accommodation options available. If you require help arranging accommodation for the Games contact the I-Site who can assist at, phone 03-474 3300 or email

Whanganui I-Site is your one stop shop for all things Whanganui. They can assist you with all enquiries from travel and transport, accommodation, or things to do! Head to their website for more details,, phone 0800 926 426, or email

What happens at the Games Village?


This is the place where athletes, volunteers and supporters can meet up, enjoy the entertainment with food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on offer. The Games Village is free to enter for Masters Games athletes, supporters and volunteers.