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Spectator Sports

Eden Park at Dusk

There is no doubt that New Zealand is a sports crazy nation – and the time spent on sports news in TVNZ’s daily 6pm news bulletin may seem to far outstrip time spent reporting international news, politics or the economy.


The national rugby team, the All Blacks, has won the World Cup three times and is considered one of the most successful sports teams in world history. Going to an All Blacks home game is a real experience. Matches are usually between June & October.

NZ also goes gaga over Super Rugby, a competition running between February and July.

Other national teams

The NZ Blackcaps cricket team is also on top of the world, winning the inaugural World Test Championship in England in 2021.

The NZ Warriors play in the Australian NRL rugby league competition, the NZ Breakers play in the Australian NBL basketball league, and the Wellington Phoenix compete in Australia’s A-league soccer competition.

The Silver Ferns are NZ’s popular and successful netball team, playing internationals and a strong domestic competition.

Tennis & golf

International tennis players turn up for Auckland’s ASB Classic in January, while the NZ Golf Open is held in Queenstown in late February.

ASB Classic Tennis

World's stars come to Auckland (Jan)

Eden Park

NZ's national stadium / Auckland

Forsyth Barr Stadium

Dunedin's indoor sports venue

Orangetheory Stadium

Christchurch's temporary stadium

Sky Stadium

Wellington's "Cake Tin"

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Kiwi Flickr