Exercising Mind and Body – Auckland hosts it all
One of the great things about NZ’s largest city is it plays host to myriad national and international events throughout the year. 2017 is no exception.
Next week Auckland will be swamped by ‘aging’ athletes (minimum age is around 30 years old !) who will converge on the city for the World Masters Games from April 22 - 30. With more athletes than the Olympics, the World Masters is the single biggest multi-sport event on earth. Around 25,000 participants will take part in 28 sporting activities including cycling, rugby, sailing, shooting and weight lifting all over the city. The central entertainment hub for the Games is downtown at the Cloud on Queens Wharf. There's an exciting programme of performance events planned across the week - both for Aucklanders and athletes.
Accompanying the athletes are their supporters which easily brings the total number of Games visitors to around 50,000. This is terrific for Auckland’s economy – even though traffic and accommodation woes abound. Countering that is the plethora of things for travellers to do and see here. A short guided walk with a local expert being one very good way to kill a couple of hours and come away with loads of fascinating insights into this wonderful city. Check out Aucky Walky's highlights tour.
Following the Masters Games is the Writers Festival – set down for week 16 -21 May. For the past 15 years the Writers Festival has been staged in Auckland. This year it involves over 180 public events, gathering together 170 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 24,000 Festival goers and up to 7,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas. What this festival has done is help cement Auckland as a world class host of not only sports but cultural events.
If you are a visitor to Auckland engaging in one or both of these events – enjoy ! For locals, see this as the perfect opportunity to showcase the City of Sails.