Kiwis are competitive and sporty people.
to New Zealand’s weather, the sports that are practiced
can be split into categories; there are those sports which
are mostly practiced in summer and those only practiced in
winter. For example, soccer is only played in winter,
while cricket is only played in summer. Its kind of hard
to understand, but the Kiwis thinks that during summer
when its 24 degrees Celsius, it is too hot to play sports
which are very physical and will cause you to sweat a lot.
Summer is time to practice water sports such as boating,
diving, water skiing, surfing, fishing, or the classic
summer sport of cricket (which is pretty slow). New
Zealand’s favourite sports include: Rugby, Cricket,
Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Snow sports, Surfing,
Swimming, Hockey, Tennis, Fishing, Cycling and Golf. The
most popular sport by far is the Rugby. All group sports
are played in clubs, and to play you will normally have to
join one of these clubs. Games and tournaments are
generally played on weekends, and normally involves
travelling to different towns to play different teams.
Parents and friends often to games to support.
is to New Zealand what
Football (soccer) is to Brazil. There are two types of
Rugby that are played. One is called “Rugby Union”,
and the other is called “Rugby League”.
They are played a little differently have slightly
different rules, but both attract huge crowds. Rugby Union
is the most popular of the two, and the day that their
national rugby teams plays, The All Blacks, at
least half of NZ will stop to watch the game (especially
if it is against Australia). Practically every town has a
rugby field, where regional games are played on the
weekends. Often you will also see kids in parks or beaches
kicking the rugby ball around, but as I have mention
before, group sports are often left for playing in clubs.
(photo Andy Todd).
like I have said is a summer sport, and it is a pretty
slow game. It is NZ’s second favourite sport, but the
number one sport played in parks by adults and kids, due
to the fact that you don’t need a whole great deal of
people to have a little game. It is especially popular
with the Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lanka communities.International
Competition between ex-British colonized countries
are fierce and New Zealand is very competitive. Cricket
attracts many New Zealander to stadiums, and especially
the TV with games taking hours and hours and hours...
is a sport which
is practiced mostly in Summer and by the younger crowd. In
winter the surfies normally turn their attention to
Skateboarding. It not hard to imagine why, since in winter
water temperature drops to a freezing 12 degrees, and only
those who have a desire to turn into a penguin or human
ice block, brave it out. For that they need to wear thick
wetsuits, including hood, gloves, and booties. Some even
wear thermal clothing underneath their wetsuits. During
summer its anther story and in the beaches of the north
island it is even possible to go into the water with just
shorts. Water temperatures a side, New Zealand has great
surf spots and waves, many of which are completely
uncrowned. Auckland has no waves, but just 40km away you
will what is arguably
the best wave in New Zealand, Raglan.
New Zealand is surrounded by coastline (since it is an
Island) so there are many options for surfing. The
Coromandel Peninsula and Mount Maunganui in Bay of Plenty,
are the best options from Auckland and Tauranga. Gisborne
on the east coast, and Taranaki on the west coast, also
have great spots. In the south Island from Kaikoura to
Dunedin apart from finding a great number of seals,
penguins, and whales, you will also find some good waves.
Most Kiwi surfer have good manners, and respect the surf
rules. Surf shops sell both second hand surfboards and
wetsuits, and you maybe able to pick up a decent board for
and Snowboarding are
very popular during winter time on both the North and
South islands. New Zealand’s Ski fields are world
renowned In the North the best place to practice is on
mount Ruapehu, and in the South island is in the town of
Queenstown. NZ produces many top-level professionals in
is another very popular sport in New Zealand, but women
and girls mostly practice it. The game is similar to
Basketball, but still very different. There is no
backboard to the hoop and there are several unique rules
to the sport. New Zealand has won many tittles in this
is also very
popular, and is mostly practiced by the older population.
When I say older I mean 30 +. The number and quality of
Golf courses is very impressive and New Zealand has
excellent golf professionals. One thing that came to my
attention was that from all the people that I knew in New
Zealand, none played rugby or cricket, but all played a
game of golf at least once a month, and often the whole
family would go out to play.
New Zealand is quite weak. The national Football Team is
the All Whites, are champion in losing games and
not qualifying for the world cup.
Football is mostly practiced in schools and in
clubs by kids. After the age of 18 most have stopped
playing it. Those
who do keep playing play for city clubs, but still mostly
as a hobby and not as a profession. Anyway...
and spear fishing are
excellent in Bay of Plenty, Coromandel, and Northlands.
Fat Lobsters wait for you in the oceans depths. Octopuses
are big and abundant since no ones catches them, because
no one knows how to cook them. My friend Andrew (left on
photo) is the only New Zealander that I know who knows how
to cook it, but that’s only because I showed him.
Scallops and abalone are very meaty, and the NZ mussels
are world-renowned. Wetsuit is an essential item, and
diving equipment are easily found and are generally of
good quality. Diving weapons on the other hand leaves much
to be desired but are essentials in some places for
protection against sharks.
other sports that you
could probably think off are practiced in New Zealand. All
you will need to do is search for clubs and associations
that you will find what you are looking for. Rowing,
Cycling, mountain climbing, wind surfing, kite surfing,
sky diving etc. Gyms also offer many fitness programs and
sports that can be done by people of all ages such as
martial arts, pilates, yoga. Another favourite sport
amongst the New Zealand is beer pint lifting. To teach a
sport it is normally necessary for you to undertake a
course. Athletes representing NZ internationally often
lack backing and sponsors and often have to dig into their