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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 sporting experiences and in Wellington, you will find some of the most exciting teams in world rugby.

These teams all embrace Westpac Stadium with their captivating style of play. From the late, great Jonah Lomu to the blistering boots of Beauden Barrett, Wellingtonians have been fortunate enough to witness some of the worlds best in action.

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 and competitively in the ANZ Premiership elite league each winter. 

Keep an eye out for local Central Pulse superstars like sharp-shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio, hard-working captain Katrina Grant, rising star Whitney Souness and tenacious wing defender Claire Kersten. 

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.

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:

Ready for more sporting good times?