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Recreation and Sports

Despite being a small nation, New Zealand has a large and dedicated sports following. Sports such as rugby, cricket, and netball are among the most popular pastimes in the country. Other popular sports include basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, rowing and a variety of water sports, particularly sailing and surf sports. Snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding are also enjoyed by many people in New Zealand.

New Zealand is known by dare devils around the world as one of the best place for extreme sports.  In fact, bungy jumping first started in New Zealand. There is a wide variety of heart pounding activities and sports for any adventurer to take part in including:

Boardsports – snowboarding, sandboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, riverboarding, river surfing, surfing, flowboarding, skysurfing, skateboarding, mountainboarding, snowskate, wakeboarding, dirtsurfing.
Motorsports – Motocross, snocross, rallying, drifting, supercross, motorcycle rally.
Water sports – Rafting, whitewater kayaking, whitewater canoeing, free-diving, scuba diving.
Mountaineering – Ice climbing, rock climbing, bouldering, free solo climbing.
Free Fall – Parachuting, bungee jumping, wingsuit flying, base jumping.
Flying – Paragliding, hand gliding