New Zealand BRIDGE CONGRESS -    

UPDATE : 3rd December 2021. We had to defer Congress from September this year but we have new dates for the same 2021 National Congress. The exact dates will be Thursday February 10th until Thursday February 17th. We have updated the Congress website to reflect this including new dates for each event. All events will be rescheduled. The most significant change will be that the Congress will start with New Zealand Open and Restricted  OpenTeams and finish with New Zealand Open and Restricted Open Pairs.

We will still have a National Congress, Covid permitting. We are confident that as long as Tauranga remains orange or green that the Congress will take place, live. You will need to be double vaccinated to attend.



THE NEW VENUE IS: Lion Foundation Centre, Bay Park, 81 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui

We were disappointed to have to cancel the 2020 National Congress and now we have had to postpone the 2021 event. However, "postpone" and "cancel" do not mean the same with the 2021 event rescheduled to February 2022. We want all grades of players to take part and to encourage more Juniors and Intermediates, we have re-organised the order of events so that their events are over the weekend, in fact from Saturday through to Monday. This means, we will start with the New Zealand Open and Restricted Open Teams and finish with the New Zealand Open and Restricted Open Pairs.

 The 35th New Zealand National Bridge Congress is the premier bridge event in our annual calendar and was last attended by over 700 players in 2019. In 2021, it will be held at "The Mount"  from Thursday 10th until Thursday 17th February 2022 with events open to all levels of players, from grand-master to Novice players. One change, is that there will no longer be Packages. You enter as many or as few events as you wish. Each event, including the different stages of the New Zealand Open Teams, has its own separate price.


We encourage players to pre-enter all events in which you might play even if your progress in the New Zealand Open Teams may cause that to change. You do not have to pay at the time you register for events though payments made by Sunday January 16th 2022 will attract a 10% discount. Unfortunately, there will no longer be subsidies for South Island players.

The total cost for playing 8 days of bridge from Saturday to Saturday will be $520 per player. Take advantage of the prompt payment discount and that reduces to $468. The prices before discount per player are:

New Zealand Open/Restricted Open Teams $160 10th-14th February: Thursday, Friday for all (then Sat-Mon knock-out: see prices below)
New Zealand Open/Restricted Open Teams   $160 10th - 11th February: Thursday, Friday
Open/Restricted/Intermediate Swiss Pairs or NZ Teams Round 16 & QF $80 12th February:           Saturday
Intermediate/Junior/ Senior Pairs  Novice Pairs $60 13th February:           Sunday   (Novice Pairs only $10)
Open/Senior Match Point Swiss Pairs or NZ Teams SF $60 13th February:           Sunday
Intermediate/ Senior Teams $60 14th February:          Monday
BOP Open Teams or NZ Teams Final $60 14th February          Monday (NZ Teams final starts Sunday afternoon)
New Zealand Open/Restricted Open Pairs $160   15th- 17th February Tuesday - Thursday lunchtime, followed by light finger-food lunch and prize-giving

- Those who are knocked out of the Top 16 can play in the Thursday part of the Swiss Pairs.
- Entry to the Novice Pairs can be made right up to the start time of the event.

Click here to view a summary of all Congress events and timetable  You will also find a printable version here if so required


We are now using a web based shopping tool which is much easier to use.   Click here to read about the new process

Please enter events as soon as you can. Although entries will be accepted up to about a day in advance for most events (although a few days in advance for NZ Open and Restricted Open Pairs), we encourage players to enter early. Please enter the events you will play assuming your team is eliminated from New Zealand Open Teams. If your team reaches the knock-out stages, we will automatically withdraw you from events you entered that run at the same time.  The cost of the knock-out stages are covered by those events you entered.



Please note there are special events for Intermediate and Junior players.

You are welcome to play in any Congress event but the following are just for Intermediates and Juniors:

New Zealand Intermediate Swiss Pairs Saturday – 12th February 2 sessions (morning,afternoon)
New Zealand Junior Pairs Sunday-     13th February 2 sessions (morning, afternoon)
New Zealand Intermediate  Pairs Sunday -   13th February 2 sessions (morning, afternoon)
New Zealand Intermediate Teams Monday -   14th February 2 sessions (morning, afternoon)


Youth players will get a 50% discount on any Congress event. You must have your Year of birth registered with NZB for this to automatically calculate.  Your club should have provided NZB with this so your levyy is calculated accurately, so you should not have to do a thing, but if you go to pay and the discount is not offered, contact NZB immediately.


All prices are per person in New Zealand Dollars and include GST. Our refund policy is 100%  before the start of Congress, with the Organisers having flexibility on refunds against written requests after that date.

New Zealand Bridge Incorporated, registered as an Incorporated Society in May 1938 number 215735, disclaims warranties of reasonableness and accuracy, and all warranties with regard to the information on this site, including all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for particular purpose. In no event shall the NZB be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of the use of this site or participation at any NZB event.
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