& 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
- 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.