Change the narrative. 

Change lives.


Every day, all across New Zealand, Kiwis with intellectual disabilities are being told they won't be able to do things we should all have a right to do.


We're here to change that and we need your help.

With clubs all over New Zealand, we're here to ensure everyone with an intellectual disability has a chance to get fit, meet lots of people and have heaps of fun!


Our athletes regularly compete in national and international events.​

Special Olympics during level 2 of the COVID-19 response

Many athletes and volunteers in our community are at higher risk of COVID-19 compared to the rest of the population. So we won't return to training until the NZ government declares we have reached alert level 1.


Check out our regular COVID-19 update for more information.

Our physical offices are also closed until we are back at alert level 1. But we are still here for you!


All staff are working from home, so please continue to reach out to us by email, phone or on social media


Clubs are also continuing to connect directly with athletes and provide support and advice from their whare (homes) across the country.


Plus, check out our healthy at home resources! We regularly update these to help you stay fit, happy and connected during this rāhui (lockdown).  

Special Olympics New Zealand

Creating opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to shine.

Our funding

Like many non-profit sport organisations, we rely on the generosity of our volunteers, partners and donors to deliver our training and events. 

Due to COVID-19, a significant proportion of funding we rely on to operate is not available.


This means your donations are now more important than ever.


With your help, we can continue to provide opportunities for our athletes to connect with others and maintain their physical and mental health. 

Sports you can play

We currently offer training and competition in the following sports:

  • Athletics

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Basketball

  • Bocce

  • Equestrian

  • Football

  • Bowling

  • Golf

  • Indoor Bowls

  • Powerlifting

  • Snowboarding

  • Swimming

  • Table Tennis

Everyone is welcome to join a club. You can become an athlete, volunteer or coach.


Find out more



SPNZ Logo With Translation.png
Postal address:

PO Box 38344, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045

Physical address:

Pelorus Trust Sports House, 93 Hutt Park Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt 5010

Telephone: +64 4 560 0360

Fax: +64 4 560 0040


  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
Sport NZ Translation Full White.png

Thank you to Sport New Zealand for the kind support in making this website possible.

© 2020 by Special Olympics New Zealand