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Posted: 22 October 2016 7:02 PM

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Hi everybody,

Recently I have gotten interested in robot wars or bot battles (depending what you watch). The only problem is that from my search there are competitions in US but not in NZ. I pretty sure in NZ there would be more stricter rules. 

Does anyone know any robot wars/battles competitions in NZ?

Also I'm not really keen on spending a lot of money on a robot (like Vex), so a smaller competitions, preferably for kids intermediate (that's me) or older. As if I did build a robot and I was versing people from mechatronics area I would fail horribly.

Any help would be appreciated,



Posted: 22 October 2016 8:05 PM

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Hi Ben10 

 Found this Website:

Awhile ago when i had a look into making a battle bot, i found making a robot that would be destroyed would be pretty costly as like set of motors and wheels and a chassis would easily add up to $100+.




Posted: 23 October 2016 11:37 AM

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Some of those in Robot Wars and Battlebots cost 10s of 1000s, hundreds of hours labour to build, and last a minute in the ring. It's fun to watch but I wouldn't want an expensive robot of mine torn to pieces by a spinner. I don't think any of those robots have smarts, it's just a demolition derby by remote control (and often a lot of luck).

Instead of fighting, maybe something a bit more intellectual. Make up your own rules. VEX has things like lifting, ball throwing and gathering, perhaps mazes, obstacle courses etc

If you look up some of the competitions you should be able to find their events and rules

Playing Vex "their way" would be expensive

Lego Sumo Challenge

Maze Mouse



Posted: 23 October 2016 8:19 PM

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Hi Ben,

AURA (Auckland University Robotics Association) are working to host a beetleweight (1.36kg) combat robotics tournament next year. We are still working out the details and funding to get it off the ground, but if you are interested sign up to the mailing list here and we'll let you know when we have some firm information!

In the meantime, I agree with joe_ivp - VEX is an excellent platform to get started on if you can afford a starting kit or can join a nearby team. Check out the Kiwibots website ( for local events if you want to take a look.




Posted: 15 May 2017 8:15 PM

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Just thought I would bump this post again.

Mini Robot Rumble is happening on the 15th of July and entry is open now!  Hopefully a bunch of you guys on this forum will be able to enter as I'm sure it's going to be great fun.


Posted: 15 May 2017 11:02 PM

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Hi Jack,

Thanks for letting us know, feel free to make a new topic so that more people can see your post as this topic is quite old.

Thanks :)

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