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Sports in the capital

From Westpac Stadium to our local club rooms, our supporters and athletes alike wear their hearts on their sleeves. Find yourself a grass-roots game or support the world-class athletes Wellington has to offer.

Rugby in Wellington

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Watching rugby in New Zealand is one of the world’s great sports-fan experiences. Here in the capital you’ll see all levels from the mighty All Blacks in test matches and the Hurricanes playing international Super Rugby, to the Wellington Lions in the domestic Mitre 10 Cup and grass roots matches. 

In 2017, The British & Irish Lions will be in Wellington for two not-to-be-missed matches. Facing off against the Hurricanes on 27 Jun and the All Blacks on 1 Jul, these are destined to be sell-out matches! 

Football in Wellington

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Wellington is New Zealand’s home of football. We’ve played host to some of our country's great football moments, including the visit of David Beckham’s LA Galaxy, and the historic 1-0 win over Bahrain that sent the All Whites to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

Get behind our local side, Wellington Phoenix as they compete against the best sides in Australia in the Hyundai A-League each summer. And like any football club worth its salt, the Phoenix have a passionate group of loyal fans called The Yellow Fever

Cricket in Wellington

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The spiritual home of New Zealand cricket is Wellington’s Basin Reserve. It's home to the New Zealand Cricket Museum and was also where cricketing legend, Brendon McCullum notched up 302 against India in 2014 for the highest ever test score by a New Zealander.

The Basin, with its grassed embankment and 1920’s pavilion, is one of the most pleasant places in the world to see the BLACKCAPS play test cricket. Provincial side, the Wellington Firebirds also play frequent home matches there. One day internationals and Twenty20s are played in sun-soaked Westpac Stadium.

Netball in Wellington

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Netball is arguably the most popular women’s sport in New Zealand, and Wellington gets right behind it. The national side, the Silver Ferns, are multiple world champions, and Wellington’s regional team, the Central Pulse, compete professionally in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship each winter. 

Keep an eye out for local Central Pulse and Silver Fern superstars like sharp-shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio (nee Wells), Pulse captain Katrina Grant, and her defensive partner-in-crime Phoenix Karaka.

Have a go

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Prefer to be a part of the action? Here are some local clubs and competitions where you can show off your skills:

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