The Queen’s Baton Relay is a symbol of the Commonwealth Games – one of the world’s great sporting celebrations.
The baton is traveling through all 70 countries and territories of the Commonwealth ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Games and is coming our way soon.
New Zealand is the last stop on it’s 230,000km journey around the Commonwealth before it heads to Australia and the 100 Day Games countdown gets underway.
The Baton’s arrival in New Zealand will bring dozens of our current and legacy athletes together as they celebrate what it means to be a Commonwealth Games athlete.
It’s also an opportunity for Kiwis to get out and meet our athletes and see the Queen’s Baton.
There are a number of public events which anyone is welcome to attend!
- Kaikoura, December 19
1230-1400 Kaikoura Community Event, Churchill Park, Kaikoura
This event is open to the public with games, speeches, high profile athletes and a BBQ for all those who are able to attend.
- Christchurch, December 20
1000-1100 Queen’s Baton Visit to Jellie Park Pool
The Baton will be carried into Jellie Park by a high profile athlete before some short speeches. There will be the opportunity for photos with athletes.
- Auckland CBD, December 21
1000-1200 Queen’s Baton Visit to Auckland have a go sports event at Victoria Park.
- Auckland North Shore, December 22
1500-1630 visit to Westfield Albany with athletes.
- Central Auckland, December 23
0700-0830 visit to Otara market with athletes.
1000-1100 Farewell event (Poroporoake) and handover to Yugambeh people, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Above: The Queen's Baton during it's last visit to New Zealand in 2013Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games