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Thousands of athletes bound for Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/04/2017

A New Zealander competes in the 75-79 age group steeple-chase during the World Masters Games in Sydney. © GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images A New Zealander competes in the 75-79 age group steeple-chase during the World Masters Games in Sydney. Auckland's roads and buses could be packed with international visitors this month as thousands of athletes hop, skip and jump around town for the World Masters Games.

Billed as the world's largest multi-sport event and running from April 21-30, the 2017 games are set to bring more than 25,000 athletes from 100 countries to Auckland.

The masters age athletes will compete in 28 sports, including athletics, rugby and sailing, which are being held at 48 venues in Auckland and Waikato.

There will also be 4,000 volunteers helping the event run smoothly.

With so many people on the move each day, Auckland Transport has warned the public transport system and local roads will be busier than usual.

"So if you're heading out and about over this period, please plan your travel in advance and allow extra time," the transport operator said.

The temporary traffic congestion does, however, come with rewards, games organisers say.

Held every four years, the games are considered the largest event to be hosted by New Zealand in at least the next decade, the organisers said in a statement.

They predict the event could inject $30.8 million into Auckland's economy as visitors spend a combined 2,44,000 nights in local accommodation.

With many visitors likely to also holiday around the country, organisers say the total boost to New Zealand's economy could be up to $53 million.

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