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Destination Rio

The marvellous city

Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil that has earned the name ‘a cidade maravilhosa’ (marvellous city). A city of great extremes: shanty towns to beaches, rainforests to rocky formations, flamboyant carnivals and hospitable people; it is best known for its grand Christ the Redeemer statue that protects and watches over the city.

The 2016 Olympic Games will benefit from all Rio has to offer. Competitions will take place in locations all over the city, with the heart of activity in the Barra District at Olympic Park and the Olympic Village where the teams will stay.

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An Olympic legacy

For the people of Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Games will provide a legacy of improved infrastructure, economic development and sustainability. A new generation of sporting greats will be born as Olympic education programmes inspire young Brazilians to get active, play sport and celebrate the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

Travel to Rio for the Games

New Zealand residents will soon be able to purchase packages to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through New Zealand Olympic Travel (the official authorised ticket reseller for NZ).

Like all Olympic Games, demand for tickets at the Rio Olympic Games will be high and ticket numbers are limited, particularly for events like track cycling and swimming. The second phase for ticket requests will open in September 2015. New Zealanders should visit to register. Initial allocations for individual tickets are by random ballot.

New Zealanders are urged to book accommodation early, as hotels are expected to be in high demand.

It is expected a Rio 2016 Friends and Family ticket programme will be announced by the games organisers in August 2015.