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Commonwealth Games Fantasy Bid Book (Created by Scotguy)

Text of Wellington 2026

  • Message from His Excellency The Right Honorable Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae

    On behalf of the Government and people of New Zealand, I am honored to submit our nations Wellington Candidature File for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

    New Zealand has a long and proud association with the Commonwealth Games, having competed in every Games since they began in 1930 and hosted the Games three times.

    Our host city, Wellington, is an iconic New Zealand cultural and tourism destination which attracts millions of international and domestic visitors

    each year.Wellington, in the north island, will deliver an exciting, safe and friendly event built on a solid base of economic, cultural and social commitment.

    The athletes will not only enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of our city but superb facilities and venues. They will also be supported by thousands of volunteers

    and technical officials with a proven record in delivering world-class events. Most importantly, all levels of Government will work together in the knowledge that

    they represent a nation that embraces sport as an important part of our identity. The Commonwealth Games epitomise all that we treasure as a nation

    multiculturalism, sportsmanship, community and a passion for excellence. The New Zealand people stand firmly behind our bid and look forward to welcoming the

    athletes of the Commonwealth to our shores.

  • The Right Honorable Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key

    It is with great excitement and anticipation that we submit the Wellington Candidature File for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

    Our country has seen a transformation over the last 20 years. Wellington continues to be world renowned as a tourism destination but we are increasingly becoming known for our cultural development, our sporting prowess and particularly our

    ability to deliver international sporting events.The New Zealand Government is wholly and enthusiastically supportive of the

    Wellington 2026 Commonwealth Games Bid. We have made a financial commitment to ensure the development of infrastructure that will offer athletes superb conditions

    and inspire and motivate them to perform at their very best.A 2026 Commonwealth Games in Wellington will be a compact and

    efficient event with the majority of existing venues complemented by new structures, which will rise up less than 20 minutes drive from the proposed Athletes Village.

    A successful Wellington Bid will ensure the Games continue to thrive in new markets, reach younger generations and uphold the Commonwealth

    Games Federation core values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny. I firmly believe that Wellington can provide the athletes, their friends and supporters and

    visitors from around the world with a whole of Games experience that they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives.

    We look forward to extending the warm hand of friendship, Kiwi style.

  • Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown

    As Mayor of Wellington and avid fan of the Commonwealth Games, I am so proud to submit our city's candidature file for the hosting rights to the for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

    Wellington represents an ideal location for the Commonwealth Games. Our experience in delivering major events is complemented by world class and easily accessible venues, a variety of

    quality accommodation, beautiful weather and outstanding attractions that will appeal to athletes, the games family, friends and supporters from all over the world.

    I have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of our local community and beyond by the encouragement of the nation at large. We are ready to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games

    and look forward to sharing the wonders of this city. Foremost, I believe we can deliver a Commonwealth Games where athletes will shine, the world will marvel at the outstanding competition and visitors will enjoy a games experience like no other experienced before.

    Wellington looks forward to welcoming one and all in 2026.

  • HAERE MAI - NEW ZEALAND

    New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting our Maori heritage dating back 700 years and European settlement in the late 18th century.

    With a patchwork history of Mori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures, New Zealand has become a melting-pot population - but one with some uniting features that make it unique in the world.Today, of the 4.4 million New Zealanders (informally known as Kiwis), approximately 69% are of European descent, 14.6% are indigenous Mori, 9.2% Asian and 6.9% non-Mori Pacific Islanders.Spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches - its all here. No wonder New Zealand is becoming so popular as a location for movies. The North Island of New Zealand has a 'spine' of mountain ranges running through the middle, with gentle rolling farmland on both sides. The central North Island is dominated by the Volcanic Plateau, an active volcanic and thermal area. The massive Southern Alps form the backbone of the South Island. To the east of the Southern Alps is the rolling farmland of Otago and Southland, and the vast, flat Canterbury Plains.New Zealand has a temperate climate with many hours of sunshine. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10C (14F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. Over 20 percent of New Zealand is covered in national parks, forest areas and reserves - and these are the best places to observe our native flora and fauna. Our mainland also has two World Heritage Areas - Tongariro in the Central North Island and Te Wahipounamu in the south-west of the South Island.Our 14 national parks contain an incredible variety of unspoiled landscape and vegetation. Administered and maintained by the Department of Conservation, these parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, kayaking and trout fishing.

    Your journey starts, under southern skies!

  • KIA ORA - WELLINGTON

    Arts, culture, fine dining and breathtaking natural scenery that's what Wellington's all about.

    Wellington is New Zealand's centre of government and the world's southernmost capital city. It is also the country's cultural capital and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand.The city is home to many museums, theatres and arts festivals, including Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the biennial Festival of the Arts.Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries, such as film and computer technology, and it is the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.

    New Zealand's capital city is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, and has a vibrant and compact downtown area that is best explored on foot. The city is home to Te Papa, the national museum, which tells the story of New Zealand's history through bold and interactive exhibits. In Wellington you will discover an amazing range of cafes, art galleries, thatres, attractions and a humming nightlife. The gourmet and wine experiences of the Wairarapa region are also just a short drive away.

    Wellington enjoys around 2,000 sunshine hours a year. By comparison, London averages 1,500, Edinburgh 1,350 and Vancouver 1,850. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellingtons golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the citys pulsing cultural scene. If youre into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills.

    The coolest little capital in the world!

  • OUR GAMES

    Proposed dates: Wellington's games would begin with the Opening Ceremony taking place at Westpac Stadium on 15th February 2026 and the Closing Ceremony 16 days later at the same venue on 3rd March 2026.The Para-Commonwealth Games will run from 17th March 2026 until the 27th March 2026 2 weeks after the Commonwealth Games.

    Queens Baton Relay: The 2026 Baton Relay will visit all 71 nations of the Commonwealth, before a domestic tour around New Zealand, ending at the Opening Ceremony in Wellington on 15th February 2026. On its journey the Baton will visit the stunning beaches of Northland, the bustling city of Auckland, Lake Taupo and the volcanic Mount Ruapehu. Crossing the Cook Strait, it will enter the South Island at the stunning Tasman National Park, before continuing down the west coast to Fjordland, the southern cities of Invercargil and Dunedin, visiting the Southern Alps and Queenstown, making an emotional visit to previous host and regenerated Christchurch, before heading to the nations capital.

    Cultural Commonwealth: The 2026 games will provide a range of cultural events showcasing the best of New Zealand culture and that of the Commonwealth. This will include free shows of music, the arts and cultural performances. Various venues in Wellington and beyond will host these events. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Kapa Haka groups, musicians, comedians, media personalities and theatrical companies will all play a part in keeping our visitors entertained during the 17 days of the games. The younger generation will be acknowledged by a range of events headl