Rugged Sports: Guide to New Zealand’s 2020 Events

Calling all rugged sports fans and participants. Broaden your horizon beyond the shores of Asia and partake in some very exciting sports happening in New Zealand this year show. Click here for more info  


Piha Pro   >   Surfing   >   16 – 22 Mar 20 @ Auckland

Photo Credits: Cory Scott


For the first time in five years, the World Surf League (WSL) will return to the pristine shores of New Zealand for the Piha Pro, a WSL Challenger Series (CS) event on the newly-announced competition tier’s calendar.

112 of the best male surfers in the world and 60 of the best female surfers in the world will take part, culminating in 85 per cent of the world’s top surfers and event broadcast live to 600 million people.  Local and international surfers will be on at Piha, a famous west Auckland black sand beach.  The event has been confirmed for 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons 30 free spins netentplay.

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Photo Credits: Cory Scott


Hawke’s Bay Marathon   >   Running   >   16 May 20 @ Hawke’s Bay

Vineyards in Hawke’s Bay


Famous for its full-bodied reds and complex chardonnays, Hawke’s Bay has long been regarded as an exquisite food and wine destination.  With that in mind, you’re invited to run away to Hawke’s Bay for a running festival incorporating 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run options.

Take in the best highlights of the region, with flat easy running through local cycle trails, quiet country roads and pass vineyards and orchards – all finishing at the impressive Elephant Hill Estate & Winery where you can celebrate your efforts in style.

With live music to keep you moving, this is the perfect excuse to make a pact with a friend or two and head for the coast! Click here for more information!


All Blacks VS Wales / Scotland  >   Rugby   >   4 – 18 July 20 @ Auckland / Wellington  / Dunein

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The All Blacks are the most successful international men’s rugby side of all-time with a winning percentage of 77.41% over 580 Tests (1903-2019).

Since playing their first Test match in 1903, the All Blacks have amassed numerous accolades and are considered one of the most prolific teams across any sport bästa vpn. The All Blacks are the first rugby team to win 500 Test matches and have three Rugby World Cups to their name, winning the title in 2011 and 2015, adding to the inaugural Cup they claimed in 1987. They have also won 10 of the 16 Tri-Nations trophies, six of the seven Rugby Championships contested, and have most recently have held the Bledisloe Cup for 17 years (2003-2019). 

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Eden Park Stadium, Auckland. Photo Credits: Newshub


Rugby Championship:

All Blacks VS Australia   >   15 August 20 @ Wellington

All Blacks VS Argentina   >   29 August 20 @ Hamilton

All Blacks VS South Africa   >   5 September 20 @ Auckland


Winter Games   >   Various Sports   >   21 Aug  – 5 Sept 20 @ Central Otago

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Winter Games NZ is an elite international winter sports event held annually in Central Otago. The event features international and local athletes competing in Alpine skiing, Curling,  Ice hockey, Freeride, Freeski, Snowboard and Cross-country skiing. 

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Photo Credits: New Zealand Olympic Committee


Auckland Marathon   >   Running   >   1 Nov 20 @ Auckland

Photo Credits: Auckland Marathon


The ASB Auckland Marathon is one of Auckland’s most iconic road races, with around 15,000 runners taking part in five events: full marathon, half marathon, 12km Traverse, 5km Challenge and Kids Marathon. All the events take in the beauty of Auckland’s harbour bridge, pass ASB headquarters at North Wharf, and finish in nearby Victoria Park. The event annually raises over $1 million dollars for charities.

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Photo Credits: Auckland Marathon


Queenstown Marathon   >   Running   >   21 Nov 20 @ Queenstown

Photo Credits: Media NewZealand


This is the world’s most scenic marathon. Soak up the awe-inspiring mountains, pristine lakes and stunning countryside of the Queenstown Lakes District.  Set in an incredible alpine setting, The Queenstown Marathon is quickly becoming one of the must-do marathons around the world. Get info on

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Photo Credits: Queenstown Marathon


Ironman 70.3 World Championship   >   Triathlon   >   28 – 29 Nov 20 @ Taupō

Photo Credits: IRONMAN


This will be the first time the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been held in New Zealand and no better place than the home of IRONMAN New Zealand and IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō, where the best of New Zealand’s breath-taking scenery is showcased, and thanks to the pure Kiwi spirit, you will feel like a local the minute you arrive.

The race itself will feature a swim in one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, a bike course through New Zealand’s renowned rural landscape and a run course which takes in views of the lakefront that will be lined with spectator and local support.

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Taupō. Photo Credits: Tri 247



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