New Zealanders like to be active and stay fit and exercise is a key factor in many Kiwis lives. Participation in sport is high and you can easily join a local rugby, football, netball or tennis club and play socially or in a more serious local league. This can be a great way to meet people and make new friends. Many clubs also have junior teams or leagues which give your children the chance to play. Sporting clubs can become a social focus as they will host several social events for members in addition to the regular after game get togethers.
Kiwis also love to go out and socialise with friends and work colleagues. Weekly work drinks and social events are commonplace and you will soon find yourself going out for drinks with new friends. New Zealand's major cities offer a diverse and vibrant nightlife similar to that found in most modern cities and even in the smaller towns you will always find a couple of local pubs or bars.
New Zealand has a fantastic range of restaurants offering the full spectrum of culinary styles. You can find quality restaurants all across the country from large city centre venues to small, character-filled country cafes. There is a great range of local wines on offer to compliment your meal.
You cannot talk about leisure time in New Zealand without mentioning the good old barbie. A Kiwi man does not feel complete without a set of tongs in one hand, a beer in the other and steak sizzling on the barbecue. As soon as the weather is warm enough to warrant taking your jumper off all Kiwis will be hosing down the barbecue ready for a summer of grilling. The barbecue is an institution and an excuse for a social gathering whether it is with family, friends, work colleagues or teammates.