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Most New Zealanders you meet are fanatical about sports. Auckland, being the largest city in NZ, is home to several professional sports teams. Among them is the Auckland Blues rugby team, the Warriors Rugby League team and the Diamonds Netball team. These are generally the most popular professional sports.
Many Aucklanders also participate in amateur sports such as: rugby, rugby league, cricket, netball, touch rugby, soccer, hockey, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, windsurfing, tennis, golf, swimming and you'll even find some Aussie Rules and American Football being played occasionally. The Auckland City website, the official site of the city, has a complete listing of sports teams on their sports page. Check out the individual team's websites for information.
Participatory sports and activities are also popular and readily accessible for visitors. Auckland, also known as "The City of Sails", counts sailing, windsurfing, and other watersports among its most popular activities. Information on renting sailboats is available at most hotels. Golfing is also popular, with many golf courses in and surrounding the city.