Sports & Leisure

Business advisory services

Sports & leisure business advisory


BDO New Zealand has a broad range of clients in the sporting space, from individual sports people, to clubs and governing bodies, through to large stadiums, event organisers and high profile teams. As well as offering traditional accounting, tax compliance and auditing services, our Partners can also give specialist advice on a variety of issues. Our service offering to sports organisations includes:

  • Auditing, taxation and accounting advice
  • Specialist services on risk management, including for stadiums and large sporting events
  • Strategic advisory services
  • Transaction advisory services to assist when clubs are looking to merge
  • Data modelling to help clients to map out scenarios for the future
  • A specialist tax service that deals with issues unique to sport
  • Benchmarking services to gather and report back on a wide range of data, which will help bodies to make better decisions for the future


The leisure industry in New Zealand has really taken off in recent years, with health trends and gymnasiums springing up all over the country. Our Partners have been here throughout these changes, and have helped our clients take full advantage of new trends such as yoga, pilates and personal training. We've worked with a wide range of:

  • Casinos
  • Gyms
  • Activity groups
  • Not-for-profits

So no matter what sort of business you have, we'll help to ensure you're meeting you compliance, advisory and taxation needs. We also have specialist data gathering services, so that you can see where the next trend will be and start moving into the space before your competition gets there. Our forensics offering ensures that, if you're experiencing cost overruns or other financial issues, we'll be able to find out exactly what's gone wrong and help the parties involved to work out a solution.

Leisure and tourism have always been linked and this will continue in the future. Our advisers in each industry work closely together so you'll have the benefit of experts in tourism to help you work out where to move in the leisure space.

What our clients think

“In year one of Crankworx Rotorua the biggest challenges we faced involved convincing partners that we were going to deliver a world class event on the same scale as Crankworx Whistler. We had no track record and little experience to show that we could do it- just a team with a dream. Despite this, BDO backed our team from the very start by providing guidance with our initial shareholders agreement and tax advice to ensure we got off on the right foot. In addition, BDO has been an official sponsor of the event since those early days. 

People ask me why an accounting firm would be a sponsor of a mountain biking event. To me the answer is simple. Stephen and the BDO team understand their clients and the communities that they live in. In March 2017 we delivered our third iteration of Crankworx Rotorua. It has come a long way in just three years and BDO has been with us every step of the way.”

Ariki Tibble, CrankWorx Rotorua Event Manager 

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"Water Safety NZ is a not for profit society with charitable status. We are the leadership body which advocates for, represents and supports the water safety sector to reduce the drowning toll and injury in New Zealand.

Over the last three years, the BDO team have provided a high standard of technical accounting advice and review of our finance function. We appreciate they understand our sector and the changing political environment we operate in."

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