New Zealand’s national sport is rugby. However, New Zealanders also participate in a full
range of other sporting activities often with considerable success at international level. Sports hold a high profile in our
education system and patterns established in early life tend to continue well into adulthood. Most adults actively participate
in at least one team or individual sport, and veterans’ teams catering for players 40 years and older are a standard
feature of the sporting scene. As with all aspects of New Zealand’s social life, a key feature of this and other sporting
activities is their accessibility. Almost 15% of New Zealand families own their own boat, and the number of golf courses per
capita is the highest in the world. By international standards, club costs are very low and membership is generally open.