New Zealand Winter Games

Asian Winter Games
Abbreviation NZWG
First event 2009 New Zealand Winter Games
Occur every Two years
Last event 2015 New Zealand Winter Games
Purpose Multi sport event

The New Zealand Winter Games is a multi-sport event held every two years for international athletes. 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 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 demonstrative 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 are set to be held between August 25 and September 10.

List of Games

Year Hosts Dates Nations Competitors Sports Events Ref
Dunedin, Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka 21 August – 30 August 41 816 7 51 [2]
Dunedin, Methven, Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka 13 August – 28 August 50 1000 9 38 [1][4]
Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka 15 August – 25 August 5 13
Naseby, Queenstown, Wanaka 21 August – 30 August 5 27


This is the updated event list as of the 2015 Games.

Alpine Skiing (8)

Cross Country Skiing (6)

Curling (1)

Freeskiing (6)

Snowboarding (6)


  1. 1 2 3 4 "About Us". Winter Games New Zealand Trust. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  2. 1 2 3 "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. "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.
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