The NZ Junior Rugby Festival in Whakatane is Global Games' newest event and will welcome clubs from across New Zealand, offering young rugby players the opportunity to experience touring with their team mates in one of Aotearoa's most beautiful regions, the Eastern Bay of Plenty; to the town of Whakatāne.

The festival provides a warm and empowering atmosphere for the players, based on sportsmanship and enjoyment.

In this hub of genuine heartland, the wider community will once more open their arms, their doors and their hearts to provide touring teams with an experience they will cherish for a lifetime.



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Around 20 teams across 3 grades

Teams come from across NZ to attend the tournament!

Teams & Player Eligibility

Players must meet the age restrictions in each grade. This festival invites all restricted teams to attend. All teams must have been playing together all season.
Heartland teams can enter their regular seasonal teams due to having lower player numbers in their clubs. Please refer to rules on age restrictions.



Take all the stress out of organising the team logistics!

We know that managing a whole team and supporters to come to these kinds of events can be a big job. So we've partnered up with the amazing team at Haka Educational Tours!

Haka Educational Tours are our official provider of travel and packages to Taupō. Check out their packages here (4 days) and here (7 days)

They can personalise each package whatever your teams budgets and needs are!

Haka Educational Tours to take all the stress out of your trip!

Marae Stays

Have an amazing cultural experience by having your team stay in some of the local maraes!

Marae accommodation is $50 a night, includes breakfast and dinner. William Stewart from Whakatane is looking after the stays and can be emails direct at to secure your accommodation.

More information can be found at



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Friday 6th October

All teams arrive in the afternoon for registration & weigh-in

Saturday 7th October- Sunday 8th October:

Games played. Round robin is played on Saturday and Saturday.

Sunday 8th October

Prize giving in the afternoon

Details will be sent to teams who are confirmed in the draw.



Whakatane Rugby Park

The Junior Rugby League Festival design places an equal emphasis on playing sport and enjoying all that is on offer both on and off the field. To that end, Whakatane - the sunshine capital of New Zealand - is the perfect host for such an event. The region offers an abundance of activities for teams and their supporters to experience and enjoy all that it offers.



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When we confirm your teams place in the draw, you will have 5 days to pay your entry fee. $15/player to secure your spot. Payment details will be sent by email when your spot is confirmed. If this isn't paid, you risk your place being replaced with another team wishing to take part in the festival



Online Team Expression of Interest (One per club)

Every club needs to compete an Online Team Expression of Interest. Once this is completed, event management will either confirm a spot is available for your team(s) in the draw or whether they will be put on the wait-list. The sooner you apply, the more likely it will be that we will have a place for your team in the draw.