Welcome to Waipa, the Home of Champions

​​​We're proud to be hosting the rowing and track cycling events of the 2017 World Masters Games here in the Waipa district. Whether you're an althete or supporter, there's plenty on offer so you can make the most of your trip​.

Watch this video to get a taste of our local flavour:


​Welcome from our mayor

"Haere Mai and Welcome to Waipa!

It is an absolute honour and privilege to be able to host the World Masters Games rowing and cycling here in Waipa.

Given our success at world championships, the Olympic Games and other levels, it’s no surprise our district is known as the ‘Home of Champions’.  Achieving the best is simply in our blood.

But it’s not just our sporting prowess. We are a strong community who is proud of where we live and who we are. The Waipa district has much to offer and while you’re here, I encourage you all to take a look around and make the most of it. You won’t be disappointed."

- Mayor Jim Mylcreest​

We are the Home of Champions

WDColympians.jpgAn astonishing number of Olympic, world and national champions call Waipa home - Cambridge has the highest concentration of gold medal winning Olympians in the world. High five!

Many high performance sp​orts organisations are permanently based in the Waipa district, confirming our reputation for producing, nurturing and retaining world-class sportspeople. It's not uncommon to find yourself alongside a sporting​ celebrity in your local cafe (it's the enviable muscle tone that gives them away!).

Of course there's many world-title rowers we can lay claim to, such as Rob Waddell, Mahe Drysdale, Hamish Bond, Eric Murray, and the Evers-Swindell twins, Georgina and Caroline. Plus champion cyclists such as Sarah Ulmer (track) and Sarah Walker (BMX).

But there's also athletes like archer Brooke La Pine, squash champion Joelle King, and equestrian Sir Mark Todd. The list goes on and on. Even legendary All Black Colin Meads was born in Cambridge! And thanks to our investment in facilities and development, there's generations more to come...


Waipa venues

Avantidrome - track cycling

WDCavantidrome.jpgThis world-class facility is centered around its purpose built 250m wooden cycling velodrome, and host to a range of other high performance sport and community facilities.

Read more about the Avantidrome.

Track cycling scheduleWorld-Masters-Games-2017_Waipa-sports-schedule.jpgThe track cycling events for the World Masters Games 2017 are being held at the Avantidrome, Cambridge.

  • Wednesday 26 April 2017
  • Thursday 27 April 2017
  • Friday 28 April 2017
Full schedule details to be confirmed. Stay tuned!


Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro - rowing

WDCrowing.jpgThe Mighty River Domain on the shores of Lake Karapiro is one of New Zealand's premier event venues, showcasing a variety of sports and cultural events and many international sporting occasions.

Read more about Lake Karapiro.​​

Rowing scheduleWorld-Masters-Games-2017_Waipa-sports-schedule.jpg​The rowing events for the World Masters Games 2017 are being held at Lake Karapiro in Waipa.

  • Monday 24 April 2017
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017
  • Thursday 27 April 2017
  • Friday 28 April 2017
Full schedule details to be confirmed. Stay tuned!

Other sports

Other sports events are being held at various venues in Auckland.

View the full sports schedule on the World Masters Games 2017 website.​

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