New Zealand Winter Games

New Zealand Winter Games (NZWG)
Genre Multi-sport event
Country New Zealand
Inaugurated 2009 New Zealand Winter Games
2018 New Zealand Winter Games

The New Zealand Winter Games (NZWG) is an international multi-sport event held every two years in New Zealand. The event is organised by the Winter Games New Zealand Trust.


The Games are organised by the Winter Games New Zealand Trust with the support of the Government of New Zealand, Sport and Recreation New Zealand and the New Zealand Olympic Committee.[1]

The inaugural New Zealand Winter Games was held in August 2009 in the New Zealand city of Dunedin, and the towns of Queenstown, Wanaka, and Naseby, which are all situated in the Otago region of New Zealand.[1] Events included alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, and snowboarding, as well as two demonstration events of winter triathlon and luge.[2] Canada was the overall winner of the games, with the United States and Japan in second and third respectively.[2]

The second Winter Games were set to be held in August 2011. Methven, which is situated in the Canterbury region, was added as a venue alongside the venues from the previous Games.[1] The number of events was increased from seven to nine. Winter triathlon was promoted to a full event and short track was added.[3]

In 2013 and 2015 the number of events were decreased to five.

The Winter Games in 2017 were held between August 25 and September 10.

List of Games

Year Hosts Dates Nations Competitors Sports Events Ref
Dunedin, Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka21 August – 30 August41816751[2]
Dunedin, Methven, Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka13 August – 28 August36887938[4][5]
Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka15 August – 25 August699513[6]
Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka21 August – 30 August445527
Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka25 August – 10 September428467[7]
24 August – 8 September


This is the list as sports at the 2017 Games.[7][8]


  1. 1 2 3 "About Us". Winter Games New Zealand Trust. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  2. 1 2 3 "2009 Event Report" (PDF). Winter Games New Zealand Trust. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. "Winter Games NZ Programme 2011". Winter Games New Zealand Trust. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  4. "2011 Event Report" (PDF).
  5. "Athletes Come Together for WSF Para-Snowboard World Cup at Cardrona Alpine Resort". Winter Games New Zealand Trust. Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  6. "2013 Event Report" (PDF).
  7. 1 2 "2017 Event Report" (PDF).
  8. "Sports". Winter Games NZ. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
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