Most common types of physical activity for sport, exercise or recreation among adults in New Zealand
By activity done in the last 12 months, 2018, % of adults
% of adults
|Canoeing / Kayaking||12%|
|Cycling (Incl. BMX)||27%|
|Dance/dancing (e.g. ballet, hip hop, etc)||9%|
|Group fitness class (e.g. aerobics, crossfit)||18%|
|Individual workout using equipment||38%|
|Pilates and yoga||19%|
|Playing games (e.g. with kids)||32%|
|Running / Jogging||38%|
|Surfing / Body boarding||9%|
Respondents were asked the following questions:
Q8+Q97: Which of the following have you done in the last 7 days? Please only select the activities where you have been physically active specifically for sport, exercise or recreation.
Q8: Activities done over the last 12 months - which of the following have you done in the last 12 months?
Q25: In the last 7 days, in which of the following places have you been physically active for sport, exercise or recreation?
Q98: Which of the following activities are you interested in trying or doing in the next 12 months?
Note: Results are rounded to the nearest whole number (eg. 0.4% would be rounded down to 0%). Where it says 0% it does not mean there are zero adults in New Zealand who participate in this sport or activity.
Sport: activities undertaken in a competition or tournament or informally, and individuals differ in their degree of competitiveness irrespective of how they participate.
Active recreation: all activities not considered to be sport. For adults - physical activity done specifically for the purpose of sport, exercise or recreation; for young people the word ‘recreation’ was changed to ‘fun’ and PE was also included.
Deprivation: based on the NZDep2013 index of socioeconomic deprivation, which combines census data relating to income, home ownership, employment, qualifications, family structure, housing, and access to transport and communications. It provides a deprivation score for each meshblock, NZDep2013 groups deprivation scores into deciles, where 1 represents the areas with the least deprived scores and 10 the areas with the most deprived scores. A value of 10 therefore indicates that a meshblock is in the most deprived 10% of areas in New Zealand. It is important to note that NZDep2013 estimates the relative socioeconomic deprivation of an area, and does not directly relate to individuals.
WHO-5 (World Health Organization Wellbeing Index): questionary designed to assess the level of emotional well-being over a 14-day period; a score above 13 is an indicator of good emotional wellbeing.
To account for biases in the sample design and non-response bias, the data was weighted before reporting. The purpose of weighting was to adjust the sample to represent the overall New Zealand population, using the 2013 Census.
For more information
Data provided by
Active NZ Survey: Main report data tables 2018
How to find the data
At URL provided, under 'Report and data tables' menu, download 'Data Tables (XLSX, 1.5 MB)'.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Active NZ Survey: Main report data tables 2018
From the dataset Active NZ Survey: Main report data tables 2018, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: Appendix A_Adults
- Provided: 9,540 data points
This data forms the table Sport - Participation in sport and active recreation among adults by activity 2018.
Dataset originally released on:
August 12, 2019
About this dataset
Sport NZ’s Active NZ Survey 2018 provides a point-in-time snapshot of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation.
Purpose of collection
Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) is mandated to monitor New Zealanders’ participation in physical activity. One of Sport NZ’s functions is to “promote and advocate the importance of participation in physical activity by all New Zealanders for their health and wellbeing”. This includes targeting specific population groups such as Pacific peoples, women, older New Zealanders and people with disabilities, as well as ensuring sport, recreation and physical activity are culturally appropriate for Māori.
Method of collection/Data provider
This report primarily uses data collected through the Active NZ survey between 5 January 2018 and 4 January 2019 from 5595 young people (aged 5–17) and 25 150 adults (aged 18-plus).
It focuses on:
• how much participation happens in any given week, how many people are participating, and who they are
• how people participate
• how young people allocate their time spent in organised and informal participation
• what motivates participation
• what the barriers are to participation.