New Zealand Sports & Outdoors

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    View from Sealy Tarns
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    Mueller Hut in the Ice Fields
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    View from Kea Point
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New Zealand Sports & Outdoors

  • Canterbury Crusaders Rugby

    Christchurch Sports & Outdoors

    Rugby is the big team sport which is played in Jade Stadium in winter, and the Crusaders are probably the best club/regional team in the world. They have been the champions of the Super12 and Super14 series which is the league for the best professional rugby teams of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa - well... until their dreadful semi-final...

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  • Rafting

    Queenstown Sports & Outdoors

    For the last section through the tunnel, we overshoot the entrance, and have to rock climb back to a suitable spot. We almost end up going over a very evil rapid called The Mother-in-law. We make it the second time. Just as well, as I don't fancy scrambling over the rocks again, dressed as the Michelin Man with slippery welly boots! The tunnel is...

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  • Rowing

    Christchurch Sports & Outdoors

    There are lots of sports you can do around Christchurch, but we weren't after anything too adventurous. Canoeing was ideal for us, because it was in the city. Nothing required (not even lifejackets, since the water is little over 30 - 40 cms deep!)

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  • Bungy Jumping

    Queenstown Sports & Outdoors

    Bungy jump over the local rivers, and get the thrill of your life. There are a few sites around New Zealand where you can make a bungy jump. The first and original commercial site (started 1988) is right here near Queenstown at the Kawarau Bridge. This is also the base and home of AJHackett Bungy. You will find a very modern, well presented...

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  • Cricket

    Christchurch Sports & Outdoors

    If the Black Caps - the national team - do not play the ninetieth test against Sri Lanka or whichever team in AMI Stadium (formerly: Jade Stadium) cricket takes place in other locations and all summer. The Canterbury team - the Wizards - play in the State Championship (State Shield), the games take place either on the Oval in South Hagley Park or...

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  • Paragliding

    Christchurch Sports & Outdoors

    I do not do paragliding but visiting friends of mine have enjoyed it very much in the Port Hills. Along the Summit Road there are several fine spots for the start, one at Castle Rock which is a very prominent rock not too far from Bridle Path, and the other one over Taylor's Mistake further out towards Godley Head. There are several companies that...

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  • Tennis

    Christchurch Sports & Outdoors

    If you love tennis you can play in Hagley Park for nearly nothing. The Hagley Park Tennis Club welcomes casual players and charges only NZ$ 10. There are even some locations in Christchurch where you can play for free. But this club has an incredible lot of courts and is centrally located – right at the western carpark of the Botanic Garden, off...

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  • Tramping / Hiking

    What the rest of the world calls hiking most kiwis refer to as tramping. New Zealand is a great place to go tramping as there are mountainous regions, lakes, bush, volcanoes and general wilderness areas that make for many and varied tramping routes. There are some popular tracks that you need to book ahead to go on (such as the Milford Track) and...

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  • Tongariro Crossing, you and a million...

    Yes, it's touted as the best one-day hike in New Zealand and yes, it's stunning. If the weather is good, be prepared to share the trail with about 500-700 other folks.You will see how different cultures tackle sustained one-day hikes. You will see gorgous crater lakes and volcanos, alpine, and subalpine scrub. Be warned, even if it is classified...

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  • Tramping???

    Yep tramping they call it over here, rather than hiking. Nevertheless it i the same activity. This is by far the best way to get the ultimate New Zealand experience, especially if you have the time to do one or more of the multiple day tracks in the greatest national parks of the country. Almost complete isolation at some tracks, noone can be there...

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  • Wakeboard

    This was my first time wakeboarding. The island in the background is called Rangitoto. Its one of many dormant volcanos in NZ. Its difficult to use it as a landmark because it looks very similar from all sides. My friends took me on a center console, we dropped the boat in Browns Bay, Aukland. I think Rachel Hunter is from that area. Believe it or...

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  • Fishing and wakeboarding at the same...

    This is a letter that KIWI sent me. I knew she would know things like this. Check out her pages on New Zealand ! " Great fish, one of the nicest to eat. Called a John Dory and the black mark issaid to be the thumb print of Jesus!!hope you ate it!! " >>>>>>>>>and I did...delicious.As I mentioned above, We set out what...

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  • Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National...

    One of the coolest place to do a kayak trip in New Zealand is in the Abel Tasman National Park. This is an all inclusive tour of the park taking you from bay to bay until you return to Motueka (near Nelson). It was a trip that I had always wanted to do. Although the Nelson area of New Zealand is known for its large number of sunshine days...

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  • Fishing trips at Bay of Islands

    Fishing is a very popular travel and tour activity at Bay of Islands which is very rich in all species of fish. There are organised fishing trips from the Wharf, Paihia in the North Island of New Zealand. Of course you don't expect to fish such a large shark as depicted on our photographs on the right. The large shark displayed at the Wharf in...

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  • Snow park NZ

    If you are in the queenstown area and you are into hitting big kickers, rails and burms than snow park NZ is definitely for you. It's a man made snow park with some absolutely crazy kickers and rails that are designed for the more advanced borders and skiers. If you are only a beginner it is still worth going to snow park to check out the crazy...

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  • Great Golf Courses for every Budget

    I am no golf player (still too fit and young LOL) - but I can tell you that there are great golf courses all over New Zealand. And you can play nearly everywhere by paying the green fee. Here are two websites where you can check out the locations where you want to travel: http://www.nzgolf.net/ http://www.golfguide.co.nz/ (The Golf Guide lists lots...

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  • Fishing NZ

    Big game fishing is an unforgettable thrill. The sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands are renowned world-wide for their Marlin, Kingfish and Swordfish. Striped Marlin grow bigger in these waters than anywhere else in the world averaging around one hundred kilos. No licence is required for big game fishing, but chartering a boat with an...

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  • Running Nation

    New Zealand is a nation of outdoors people - well it was until Xbox - who do all sorts of activities including running. There are many running clubs and events that you can enter. A quick survey of the Cool Running site will give you a lead on upcoming events in your area or a fun something extra to do if you are travelling. Every age and every...

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  • Go to the Cricket

    Cricket is a game invented by the Poms (English) and played generally in parts of the world that were originally ruled by England. The game can be rather slow if you go to a 5 day Test match but really absorbing if you love the game like I do. Faster 1 day games are great to go to as are the new 20/20 matches which lasts for under 3 hours.Cricket...

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  • You need local Permits for Paragliding

    Just let me tell you what CAA means if you are a paraglider... It is the abbreviation of Civil Aviation Authority. You will probably hear from them if you do not have the necessary permits for your sport in New Zealand.The actual events which make me tell you this are two recent incidents with paragliders that have made headlines. The first was the...

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  • Paragliding NZ

    Haven't done it myself. Am currently enrolled in earning my pilot's licenseBut i've heard NZ is an amazing country for Paragliding.

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  • Hiking around New Zealand

    New Zealand is a country that is meant to be explored. By foot hiking is perhaps your best option. Considering so much of the country is 'bush' country.Where else can you get above tree-line at 3000ft. Hiking boots, plenty of insect repellent and obviously a camera.

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  • SKI NZ

    The Sking and Snowboarding in New Zealand in both islands is fantastic, and far far superior to what is available in AustraliaIf sking at Mr Ruahpehu you also have the added bonus of the hot springs situated at Taupo or Turangi, only a short drive from the mountain.

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  • The All Blacks

    At the time of writing, The All Blacks had won 20 games in a row at home. If you are able to get a ticket to a game, then it's just fantastic.Here are some snaps from a game I went to vs The Springboks.

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  • Get a Licence

    To undertake certain activities on land administered by the Department of Conservation, a licence, permit or concession is required.Activities which require permits, licences or concessions include hunting, fishing and commercial activities. Be aware that some areas of conservation land which are particularly sensitive require special permits to...

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  • Golfers Heaven

    New Zealand has a very big golfing community. Most towns, including the tiny places that you drive past in a flash, have a golf course. A lot of the small town courses are 9 hole courses but lovingly maintained by the locals. The bigger cities such as Christchurch have some excellent courses to play and they will also hire clubs etc so you don't...

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  • Freefall's the best bit

    I didn't stop talking about it for weeks.....still haven't.Of course New Zealand is the home of extreme sports and where better to try out those things you always wanted to do?Tandem-skydiving is amazing. Your tandem master has total control so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride!!Squeezed like sardines into a tiny plane we climbed to 10...

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  • Go to the Rugby

    Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand. The game is played in every corner of the country with Canterbury being the current strong-hold of the most successful team. Rugby originated in England in the 1800's (in a town called Rugby funnily enough) when William Web-Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran with it. These days teams from around the...

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  • Rugby

    NZ is a great place to check out rugby, with rugby being overwhelmingly the most popular sport in NZ. Check the schedule to see if there are any games on when you visit.Here are some pics from a recent Super 14 game in Wellington.

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  • New Zealanders love to boat

    It's no wonder New Zealand is always competitive in the America's Cup yacht races -- more people own boats here (per capita) than any other country in the world. Competitive sailing is a big sport here. In fact, the day we crossed the Cook Strait from Wellington, the Volvo International Sailing race was coming to a stop in Wellington (this race...

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  • Skiing and Snowboarding

    There are many places to ski or snowboard in New Zealand. Although most of the skifields are concentrated in the Southern Alps in the South Island (mostly near Queenstown or Mt Hutt near Christchurch) there are also a couple of skifields (Whakapapa and Turoa) at the Central Plateau in the North Island.Skiifield names include: Whakapapa, Turoa, The...

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  • Sea Kayaking,Abel Tasman National Park

    In the north of the South Island you will find Abel Tasman's National Park.Drive from Picton through Nelson to Kaiteriteri or Mohaune and there you will find lots of places where you can rent sea-kayaks.You have several options including more then one day trips with guides.You can kayak from island to island and go to shore on one of the MANY...

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  • Wildwater Rafting including a 7 (!)...

    If you have the guts this is pure adrenaline!!You can take a canoe,kayak or hop in a rubber boat.Guides will help you with all you need and will assist you when you take the rubber boat.In the middle of this wild river trip you will be falling down Okere Falls which is almost literally breathtaking!

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  • Kayaking at The Bay of Islands

    On the North Island you have to go to Paihia (North of Auckland) for great kayaking trips in the Bay of Islands.Water,islands and water...:-) Waterproof bag to put your camera in!You can also rent them.

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  • Rugby!!

    Rugby is LIFE is New Zealand. Try to catch a rugby game while you're there. It's pretty exciting to watch if you've never seen it before. See the national team the All Blacks play or catch a provencial team (Auckland Blues, Waikato Chiefs, Wellington Hurricanes, Canterbury Crusaders, Otago Highlanders) or the league team (Auckland Warriors). It's...

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  • Ski Coronet Peak 2.

    After attacking the slopes and enjoying the thrill of adventure it was time to take a break. I love to ski with a back pack full of or sorts of drinks and snacks so that I can enjoy a relaxing lunch break away from the masses of people that flock to the ski slopes. Here Anne and I enjoy the mountain to ourselves!

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  • Ski Coronet Peak.

    I don't think that any trip to Queenstown during the winter months would be complete without a visit to a ski field for a fun filled adrenalin rush! Coronet Peak’s wide and rolling terrain provides this maximum rush and fun for all. Extensive snowmaking ensures that everyone can get the utmost enjoyment for the longest time possible. Even when the...

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  • dont fall out

    this rafting has the highest comercial fall on the world - 7min one word: awesomthe gudes are also very nice! towel, swim suit

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  • Rugby

    People in New Zealand are obsessed about their sport. Supprisingly for such a small population they are very good, Not as good as Australia but good none the less (kidding). There national sport would probabaly be rugby, and why wouldnt it be when you have an abundance of 6 foot moari and samoan giants to choose from

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  • Bungy Jump @ Bungyland

    New Zealand is the home of modern bungy jumping. The 2 most popular bungy jump sites are in Taupo and Queenstown. Queenstown is now a mecca for bungy jumpers with 5 sites.Jump prices range from NZD$80 - NZD$200, which usually includes a T-shirt and of course the Certificate! Videos and action photos are an optional extra, costing NZD$30 - NZD$50.If...

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  • Skytower Sky Jump

    Not one jump I am likely to do. This jump is different in the respect that it is a cable-controlled base jump from Auckland’s Sky Tower. You can choose to go feet first or just glide down head first. A special suit with a full body harness is provided and you are attached to a wire cable and a descender unit. The cable drum feeds out the wire...

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  • Eden Park - Auckland

    Eden Park has been a sports ground since 1900 and in 1910 became the home of Auckland Cricket in 1910. Ruby followed in 1925. Over the past 100 years, Eden Park has played host to many memorable sporting events.Today the park is home of the Blues and the Auckland NPC team. The seating capacity is 43,000 which makes it the biggest sporting venue in...

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  • Jet Boating

    I'll tell you about the 2 most famous jet boat riding in the country. The price varies from NZD$47 - NZD$134 for adult and NZD$49 - NZD$70 for child.Queenstown famous Shotover Jet:The expert driver puts the famous 'Big Red' jet boat through its paces for the nerve racking experience/excitement, twisting through the narrow Shotover River canyons,...

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  • The Great Walks

    They are:- Milford Track- Routeburn Track- Kepler Track- Abel Tasman Coastal Track- Rakiura Track- Heaphy Track- Tongariro Northern Circuit- Whanganui River Journey- Lake Waikaremoana TrackThose interested in the Milford Track are advised to make the bookings as early as possible because this famous track is very crowded especially during...

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  • Department of Conservation (DOC)

    The staffs are extremely helpful and professional. Information, maps and hut booking can be made through them.

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