The excitement is building as the NZ Tour returns for its second year. After the success of the inaugural event last year, badminton fans from across the country are eagerly anticipating the start of the new season.
The NZ Tour is a unique event in the badminton calendar, bringing together the top players from around the country to compete in a series of tournaments. The tour is designed to give players the opportunity to play against a variety of opponents, in different locations across the country.
The 2023 tour includes:
- Waikato Open – March 17-19
- Wellington North Open – April 7-9
- North Island / Wellington Open – June 9-11
- New Zealand National Championships (Waitakere) – July 21-23
- South Island / Canterbury Open - August 18-20
- NZ Tour Finals – September 22-24
Last year's tour was a huge success, with players and fans alike raving about the quality of play and the competitive spirit on display. This year challenges to be even better with new venues added in the calendar.
Unfortunately, North Harbour, one of the scheduled hosts for this year's tour, has been heavily affected by floods and is not able to host their NZ Tour event, nor the National Championships. However, we are pleased to announce that the Wellington Open has been added to the tour schedule, and the New Zealand National Championships will now be held in Waitakere.
One of the most exciting features of the NZ Tour is the opportunity for players to qualify for the NZ Tour Finals. The top eight pairs across all categories will earn a place in the Finals, where they will compete for the title of NZ Tour champion and a chance to win their share of $3000 prize money. The NZ Tour Finals promise to be a showcase of some of the best badminton talent in the country, with players pushing themselves to the limit to claim the coveted title.
We can't wait to see who will come out on top in the race to be crowned NZ Tour champion. With so much talent on display, this is an event not to be missed.