Proportion of adults who take part in active recreation in New Zealand
By selected top 40 sports and activities, 2017, % of adults
% of adults
|Athletics (track and field)||0.97%|
|Canoeing / Kayaking||11.47%|
|Dance/dancing (e.g. ballet, hip hop, etc)||9.5%|
|Day and overnight tramping||24.18%|
|Group fitness class (e.g. aerobics, crossfit)||18.59%|
|Horse riding / Equestrian||3.24%|
|Individual workout using equipment||37.25%|
|Marine and freshwater fishing||17.38%|
|Outdoor and indoor bowls||5.6%|
|Pilates and yoga||19.35%|
|Playing games (e.g. with kids)||31.55%|
|Road cycling and mountain biking||27.11%|
|Rugby and touch rugby||5.77%|
|Running / Jogging||38.14%|
|Shooting (rifle and pistol)||4.52%|
|Skiing and snowboarding||8.23%|
|Surfing / Body boarding||8.29%|
|Triathlon / Duathlons||1.3%|
|Yachting / Sailing||2.76%|
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.
For more information
Data provided by
Active NZ Survey: Sport and activity tables 2017
How to find the data
At URL provided, under the heading 'SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES DATA TABLES', download 'Sports and Activities Data Tables (Excel, 7.2 MB)'.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Active NZ Survey: Sport and activity tables 2017
From the dataset Active NZ Survey: Sport and activity tables 2017, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: Table set 1_Adults
- Provided: 979 data points
This data forms the table Sport - Participation in active recreation among adults, by sport or activity 2017.
Dataset originally released on:
December 21, 2018
About this dataset
Sport NZ’s Active NZ Survey 2017 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
Young people: an online only approach was used for the survey of 5 to 17 year olds.
Adults (+18 years old): a Sequential Mixed Methodology (SMM) of online or paper self-completion was used to contact a random selection of adults aged 18+ from the electoral roll.