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Summer in Auckland is all about the Great Outdoors!
Tackle the Harbour Bridge
The Auckland Marathon at the end of October has kicked off a season of sporting extravaganza in New Zealand’s biggest city. The Marathon, now a venue on the world marathon map, includes the special attraction of running up and over the landmark Auckland Harbour Bridge. Alternatively you can try biking over the bridge as part of Bike the Bridge Event on 13 November.
Take in the Tennis
ASB Classic Tennis Tournament returns again to Auckland in the new year with really big names for both women's and men's fields.
Together, the Williams sisters have been the most dominant players since before the turn of the millennium. They have jointly captured a staggering 120 WTA Tour Titles, 29 Grand Slam titles and 18 Grand Slam doubles titles. As a pair, they have never lost a final at a Grand Slam and they are coming to Auckland!
The confirmation of the number one American men’s player to join the already announced Agut, Ferrer and Isner, adds to what is shaping up as a quality men's tournament.
Play Up at the Rugby League Nines
Eden Park is once again the place to be over Waitangi Weekend, with the fourth edition of the spectacular Downer NRL Auckland Nines confirmed for Saturday 4 February and Sunday5 February 2017.
A host of NRL stars – 49 Kangaroos; 46 Kiwis; 46 State of Origin; 16 Fijians; 6 English; 28 Samoans; and 23 Tongan reps – have graced the NRL Nines over its first three years, and that parade is set to continue in 2017.
“The Downer NRL Auckland Nines has hosted the game’s most notable players – Shaun Johnson, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen, Semi Radradra, Benji Marshall, Darius Boyd, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Greg Bird, and Robbie Farah – to name but a few,” Duco Events chief executive Martin Snedden said.
“The NRL Nines really is the place where the game’s great players come together as one – and the 2017 tournament promises to be even more star-studded than ever,” Snedden said
Marvel at the Masters
The World Masters Games 2017 takes place in Auckland New Zealand from 21-30 April 2017. It's an international sporting competition for athletes of masters age, comprising up to 30 sports played over 10 days. The multi-sport festival is for anyone who loves to combine sport with pleasure. Join us for the World Masters Games 2017 here in Auckland.
Rugby Rugby Rugby
The biggest sporting event of 2017 will undoubtedly be the British & Irish Lions Tour in June/July. The Lions tour New Zealand every 12 years and the 2017 tour promises to be the best ever with games against each Super Rugby team, the Maori All Blacks, NZ Barbarians, and three tests against Rugby World Champions the NZ All Blacks.
The British & Irish Lions can trace their roots back all the way to 1888 when two English cricketers, Alfred Shaw and Arthur Shrewsbury, arranged a tour that would set the wheels in motion.
Auckland's Eden Park, the All Blacks spiritual home, will stage the first and third tests.