Frequently Asked Questions

What days are the sports on?

Sports are spread over the 10 days of the 2023 Downer New Zealand Masters Games, from 3 – 12 February. You can see the list of sports and a provisional schedule here.

How old Do i need to be?

The lowest sport entry age is defined by each sport. On average most sports have a minimum entry age of 30, with around 20 sports that are open to people in their 20’s. There is no upper age limit!

when can i register?

Every participant in the Games must register and pay in order to participate. The easiest and fastest way to enter is online. Entries opened on 1 September 2022 and are open right up until the week of the event (3-12 February). Some sports fill up quickly though so we encourage you to enter as early as you can.

do i need to check in before i play?

Yes. The Ricoh Check-In Centre at the Games Village is open every day from Wednesday 1 February to Sunday 12 February, at the following times. You must check in in person before you play.

Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February: 12:00pm – 6:00pm  

Friday 3 February: 8:00am – 6:00pm, 7:00pm – 9:00pm  

Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 February: 8:00am – 6:00pm  

Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February: 10:00am – 6:00pm  

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February: 8:00am – 6:00pm 

Sunday 12 February: 10:00am – 2:00pm 

How much does it cost to participate?

There is a Games Registration fee along with a Sport Entry fee. The Games Registration fee is dependent on when you complete your entry and the Sport Entry fee also varies depending on which sport/activity you enter. Registrations open on 1 September 2022 and the fee schedule is outlined below (excluding Sport Entry fee):

Early Bird Local Registration fee = $65 (before 11 December 2022, Whanganui residents only*)

Early Bird fee = $75 (before 11 December 2022)

Standard fee = $105 (12 December 2022 – 9 January 2023)

Last minute fee! = $125 (8 January – 9 February)

Supporters fee = $55


What does my NZMG registration fee cover?

Your 2023 Downer New Zealand Masters Games Registration fee includes the right to enter the sports on offer and the chance to win a medal, a Games handbook, a registration pack, entry to the 2023 Downer New Zealand Masters Games Opening Ceremony, entry to all Sports Venues and, 10 days and nights of entertainment at the Games Village. In many cases participants will need to provide their own sports equipment.

The Sports Entry fees go to the sports club or association that is running the sport event.

can someone check in on my behalf?

No. All participants must check in to the Ricoh Check-In Centre in person before playing sport or taking part in an activity. If you need to make an alternative arrangement for check in, please contact the Event Team at

Where do I keep playing at the end of the day?

At the Games Village! Enjoy nightly entertainment, food and a licensed bar. You can also register for more sports, have your medals engraved and purchase merchandise.

how many sports can I enter?

You can enter as many sports or activities as you like, but it’s a good idea to check the sports schedule to check for possible clashes before you register. If you’re unsure, please contact our Sport Partner Liaison for help at

For sports that have multiple disciplines and events (i.e. Athletics), you can enter as many disciplines as your schedule allows without having to pay an additional registration fee.

I want to enter but I don’t have a team. CAn you help?

Many of the sports can assist with connecting you with a partner or a team. You can find the contact for each sport on the Sports page.

How do I add a sport?

You can change or add sports at You will need the email address you entered with and your confirmation code, which will be on the initial confirmation email you received when you registered. You are can also email us at for help and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I get a Games Pass?

All registered participants, supporters and non-playing officials receive a Games Pass when you check-in at the Games Village. Your Games Pass doubles as your payment method for the Games Village, so keep it close.

One night passes will also be available from the Games Village. Find out more about how to activate and top up your Games Pass here.


How do i find out about the sport I entered?

Information about each sports event can be found on our Sports page.  If you have any sport-specific questions please contact the sport organiser (contact details are listed on each page). 

How do i receive real-time event info?

The 2023 Downer New Zealand Masters Games app for iPhone and Android gives you real-time access to updates and notifications about your sport. Features include sports and entertainment news, Games maps and more. Download the free NZMG app from your Apple or Google Play store.

are friends and family welcome?

Sports are free for all spectators to enjoy, and the Games Village is too, except after 5pm when a Games Pass is required. Games Passes, including one night passes, are available for purchase through the registration website or the Ricoh Check-in Centre during Games Village opening hours

How do I withdraw from a sport?

Email or visit the Ricoh Check-in Centre during at the Games Village. We will notify the Sports Partner for you.

What about COVID-19?

The Government is reiterating advice to international travellers to test if they have COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive and to take free RATs at the airport. We will continue to follow government guidelines, and encourage anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to stay at home and test. Find out more about the current situation on the COVID-19 website.

If the 2023 Downer New Zealand Masters Games is cancelled due to COVID-19 your registration and sports fees will be fully refunded less 20% administration fee.


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