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The G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour is the epitomy of beach volleyball in New Zealand. Open to anyone above the age of 15, the competitive league will feature at all six stops along the 2022 series. A total of 56 athletes in both genders will battle against each other for valuable points and prize money in the race to become the national champions.

Whether you are a spectator, newbie, or veteran of the sport, come along and participate in what is known as the hottest events to hit the sand. Everything you need to know about the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour can be found below.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

______CHAMPIONS vs. CHALLENGERS______

The top four seeded teams per gender are known as the Champions.
The Champions will play a modified pool-play format to determine their final tournament seeding and will battle against the awarded Challengers in the Pro Grade quarterfinals.
All Champions games will be featured on Centre Court or Court 1.
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All teams seeded outside the top four are known as Challengers. 
Challengers
will play a single elimination format to become one of the four final teams to battle against the Champions in the Pro Grade quarterfinals. All Challengers who do not advance into the Pro Grade quarterfinals will play additional games in the Dirty Dog A Grade (2nd division).
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15th-16th January 2022
NORTHLAND

Ruakaka Beach stages a jaw-dropping backgound of the Whangarei Heads situated in the beautiful Bream Bay. The 13 kilometre expanse of white sand and waves are popular for a range of activities ranging from a leisurely stroll to kite surfing. This beachside slice of paradise boasts a number of stunning holiday homes, relaxing cafes and gorgeous restaurants.
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22nd-23rd January 2022
BAY OF PLENTY

With over 125-kilometres of coastline, it’s no surprise that the Bay of Plenty is home to one of the best, and most pristine, beaches in New Zealand, Mt Maunganui. Beaches don’t come much nicer than Mt Maunganui’s Main Beach. It’s known as one of the finest beaches in the country for its mix of features- golden sands, rolling surf, good cafes and the spectacular backdrop of Mauao, the iconic mount that locals love to climb for fitness and Instagram fame!
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12th-13th February 2022
TASMAN

The closest beach to the Nelson city centre, Tahunanui is a recreational paradise in the form of a 1.75km stretch of sand. A beautiful and safe family-friendly beach, Tahunanui borders the glistening waters of Tasman Bay, with a range of iconic landmarks visible just off the waterfront. The word Tahunanui is loosely translated in Māori to mean big (nui) sandbank (tahuna), and it certainly lives up to its name. The beach itself is a popular destination where people of all ages will have endless hours of fun indulging in everything the beach reserve has to offer.
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18th-20th February 2022
CANTERBURY

The one and only event that isn't on a beach, Christchurch Cathedral Square will host the fourth stop of the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour on a makeshift centre court in the heart of the city. This event returns with an added feature of a split venue operation at the 9-court venue of Pioneer Sand Courts. With the stunning Avon River gliding through the green expanse of Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanical Gardens, this event will surely be a spectacle for the public.
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5th-6th March 2022
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2022 National Championships is shaped up to be one of, if not, the biggest beach festivals to reach the Kiwi shores this summer. Returning back to the mighty Mt Maunganui Main Beach for round 2, the 2022 National Championships will co-exist with the Waterbourne Beach Festival in a collaboration of water sports, beach sports, music, entertainment and more! This event of the G.J Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour will consist of the top beach volleyball athletes putting everything on the line to become the national champions.
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11th-13th March 2022
AUCKLAND

Welcoming Auckland back onto the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour journey, the 2022 season will conclude with a 3-day tournament at the Harbour Beach Volleyball Centre in Mairangi Bay. This six court venue will be sure to deliver an action packed weekend and is not an event to be missed.
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