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Society & Culture > Sports

There is nothing that galvanizes, or makes the nation proud, more than a New Zealand competitor or team beating the rest of the world.  Sport fields can be found all over the country and half of the population will be active at the weekend.  New Zealanders will also try any sport, often regardless of barriers in their way.


  • Rugby is the national sport and holds a special place in New Zealand lives.  New Zealand won the first ever Rugby World Cup in 1987.  They were also the first to wear black uniforms and the silver fern emblem.
  • Auckland, the 'City of Sails', has the largest number of boats per head of population than any other city in the world.
  • New Zealand is twice the holder of yachting's most priced possession 'The America's Cup'.
  • There are more Golf courses in the country per head of population than any were else in the world.
  • A kiwi, Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to climb Mount Everest.
  • New Zealand has won at least one gold medal at every Olympics since 1952.
  • Horse racing is another popular pastime and the thoroughbred breeding industry is world famous.
  • New Zealand had the first bungy jump (AJ Hackett) and jet boating facilities.
  • The Coast-to-Coast, one-day race (running, canoeing, cycling), one of the hardest outdoor cross-country team races in the world, is held in New Zealand every year.


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