This factsheet shows participation levels for various sport and recreation activities undertaken by New Zealand adults aged 16 years and over.
The findings are based on data from the 2007/08 Active NZ Survey. Data were collected from 4,443 New Zealand adults aged 16 years and over through face-to-face interviews. The interviews were completed over a 12-month period beginning March 2007. Participants were asked to report all sport and recreation activities participated in, at least once, during the 12 months preceding the interview. The numbers provided in this factsheet, therefore, reflect the proportion of adults in New Zealand who participated in a specific activity, at least once, over a 12-month period.
Participation levels are provided for the sport and recreation activities listed below. For some activities, a combined percentage has been provided. For example, cycling and mountain biking were assessed individually. A combined percentage, however, is presented by the activity ‘cycling (total)’ which estimates the percentage of people who participated in cycling and/or mountain biking.
Aquarobics (aqua/water jogging)
Athletics (track and field)
Australian rules football
Cycling (mountain biking)
Dance (various) 4
Hunting (Deer stalking/pig hunting)
Ice hockey (indoor)
Kapa Haka (poi, waiata-a-ringa)
Martial arts (judo)
Martial arts (karate)
Martial arts (other)
Martial arts (taekwondo)
Martial arts (total)10
Rock climbing (indoor)
Rock climbing/bouldering (outdoor)
Shooting (rifle & pistol)
Skiing (snow, grass)
Snow sports (total)13
Surf life saving
Ten pin bowling
1 Basketball (total) includes indoor basketball and outdoor basketball.
2 Cricket (total) includes indoor cricket and outdoor cricket.
3 Cycling (total) includes cycling/biking and mountain biking.
4 Dance (various) includes all dance genres (e.g. ballet, ballroom, contemporary/modern, country/folk/line, cultural/national, hip-hop/break/krump, jazz/tap, latin, ceroc,) but excludes dance (club, rave, disco).
5 Dance (total) includes dance (various) and dance (club, rave, disco).
6 Fishing (total) includes fresh water and marine/salt water fishing.
7 Football (total) includes indoor football and outdoor football.
8 Hockey (total) includes indoor hockey and outdoor hockey.
9 Hunting (total) includes hunting ( deerstalking and pig hunting) and hunting (other).
10 Martial arts (total) include judo, karate, tae kwon do and other forms of martial arts.
11 Motorsports (total) include car, kart and motorcycle motorsports.
12 Netball (total) includes indoor netball and outdoor netball.
13 Snow sports (total) include snowboarding and skiing.
14 Volleyball (total) includes indoor volleyball and outdoor volleyball .