Revealed: New Zealand working on a bid for Prince Harry's Invictus Games

Newshub can reveal New Zealand's making a play to host Prince Harry's Invictus Games.

Christchurch wants to be the host city for the international multi-sport event in 2025, starting on ANZAC Day.

The Duke of Sussex founded the Games in 2014 for wounded, injured or sick service people.

Former SAS soldier Craig Wilson spent 20 years in the army. In 2012 he was shot in the shoulder in the Battle of Baghak in Afghanistan where two New Zealand soldiers died.

"That led me to get an injury that's now permanent. Luckily I've found an outlet to do something with that with the Invictus Games."

He competed in Toronto in 2017 and the following year in Sydney - winning gold medals in indoor rowing and in the 1500m run.

For him it's not about the glory.

"It's allowed me to pursue bigger goals in the next stage of my life; to be a more productive citizen, a better father and a better member of my community," Wilson said.

New Zealand wants to host the Invictus Games in 2025 and former Governor-General and Defence Chief Sir Jerry Mataparae is in charge of securing the rights.

Defence Minister Peeni Henare has agreed in principle to the idea but says a lot of work still needs to be done.

"The opportunity to have such a games in Aotearoa full stop is a huge thing and to be able to do it on such a special occasion like ANZAC, it would be special.

"But to be clear there's lots of work to be done to make sure that we can, one host them and whether the world is ready to have the games."

ChristchurchNZ is undertaking a research and feasibility project to see how the event could become a reality and hopes to make an official bid in November.

"It's our messaging of resilience, of recovery, of rebuilding we know Invictus Games athletes will resonate with," said ChristchurchNZ Destination and Attraction General Manager Loren Heaphy.

Newshub obtained a briefing document to Government ministers about this bid, it says Prince Harry wants the games to be hosted in New Zealand

It will cost an estimated $25 million to put on, but Christchurch could benefit from a $37 million boost - plus more than 1.5-billion people tuning in worldwide.

Wilson thinks it's a no brainer.

"It would be a very special Invictus Games, this country more than most others would understand the spirit in which it's conducted," he said

"I know Harry and he likes New Zealand, so get back here."