The New Zealand Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in New Zealand and in 2020 the games will be held in Dunedin. Whether you're participating in the games as a competitor or spectator, the Masters Games Village in the Octagon is the place to be. For more details on the games see the New Zealand Masters Games website.
The Masters Games entertainment programme is as much as part of the games as the competing. Below is an overview of the games schedule, most of which are open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend special events can register as an NZMG supporter ($45) to gain accreditation (and other goodies) for entry.
Saturday 1 February
The first day of the 2020 Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games kicks off today, with over 100 teams and thousands of individuals embarking on Dunedin to take part in Football, Netball, Hockey, and a multitude of sports across the city. The Opening Ceremony will take place at 7.30pm, followed by Shane Cortese and the '8 track band' to kick off Games Week.
Sunday 2 February
Come along and have a look at all things fitness and sport! Our Fitness Expo will be held in the central carriageway in the Octagon from 9am – 6pm. Check out our demonstrations, join in on a workout, and grab yourself some goodies! At 6:00pm you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the acoustic tones from Dunedin brother and sister duo ‘Cloudie’, before the DnD Showband dance the rest of the night away!
Monday 3 February
The long awaited final day for Football & Netball today – keep your eyes peeled for teams coming to join in on the action tonight. The Otago Community Trust Quiz Night will test the minds of our Masters Games participants (games participants and official supporters only), followed by Elton John’s film Rocketman features on our big screen in the Hub – hyping up the crowd for his concert on Tuesday!
Tuesday 4 February
Athletes of all ages and abilities will be on show today, with day one of the ‘Indoor Triathlon’ kicks off on centre stage. Participants will complete 10 minutes on the Rower, Bike, and Treadmill consecutively, in the aim to cover the furthest distance to claim the Gold! Then, join the crowds as they build up ahead of Elton John joining town – join the walking bus, or take the real bus down to our wonderful stadium, and enjoy!
Wednesday 5 February
Day two of our Indoor Triathlon takes place today, with the medal presentations taking place immediately after the final round. New Zealand Masters Games participants will be treated to the hilarity of Gary McCormack and Tim Shadbolt from 7.30pm in the Glenroy Auditorium at the Dunedin Centre – you won’t want to miss it! (Comedy night is open to games participants and registered supporters only).
Thursday 6 February
Waitangi Day see’s a hive of activity around the Games Hub, including the infamous Top Team Challenge in the Upper Octagon. This team bonding activity will challenge teams to work together and solve riddles, physical games and tasks. The morning round will see our corporate 500 club teams battle it out, while in the afternoon our Masters Games participants will aim to beat the corporates, and each other! Evening Entertainment will be a range of hits to sing and dance to, from the ever popular local band, Loose & Colourful.
Friday 7 February
The last of our sports hosted in the Octagon is today, with the crowd favourite Indoor Rowing taking place. From 12–5pm, come and check out the participants battle it out for Gold – racing trackers displayed on the screens will have you cheering them on from the stands! Evening Entertainment has our local wonder Doug Kamo’s Midtown Boys & The Diva’s singing and dancing the night away with their interactive show!
Saturday 8 February
With another 15+ sports taking place today and over the weekend, we’re still well and truly in swing! The Half Marathon starts and finishes at the Harbour Molars, from 8.30am – 12pm. Prizegiving for these legends will be held in the Octagon from 1pm – come and help them celebrate them finishing their 21.1km while checking out our Sports Expo & Have a Go day! If running’s not your thing, try your hand in sports such as Badminton, Cornhole, Petanque, and many more!
Our final party night brings Auckland’s ‘Halo’ band to town, to get the crowd rocking, while we are joined by other visitors to town from Cruise Ships, Masters Games participants, and Queen band supporters!
Sunday 9 February
Come along and join us throughout the day for a Family Fun Day – bring your picnic, take in the atmosphere, and listen to the wonderful tunes of ‘Cloudie’ again today, in the Octagon from 3pm. Our Closing Ceremony will take place from 6pm, followed by Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ movie to again start the hype for Monday’s concert.