New Zealand may have been built on farming but it has been glued together by sports. If you’re anywhere near Dunedin the heart of the South you can relive or learn about the great sporting moments that have made Kiwi’s fly.
Based in Dunedin’s historic Railway Station building, the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is open from 10am to 4pm daily, and costs $5 for adults, $2 for children and $3 for students and seniors.
Described as an inspiring journey through New Zealand’s sporting history, you can see information on the rich sporting history of New Zealand and get your hands on a range of licensed merchandise and sports memorabilia. Dunedin was the cradle of early modern New Zealand and our first and then largest city in the 1800’s.
Eventually the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame will boast a library which will be New Zealand’s foremost repository of sporting history.
The Hall of Fame is full of information and memorabilia celebrating the great Kiwi sporting spirit. It contains information on nearly 200 sportsmen and women, representing over 30 sports from Athletics to Yachting. Did you know – Malcolm Champion, the swimmer who was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic gold medal, was a direct descendant of Bounty mutineer Matthew Quintal; and George Smith was an All Black who helped form league in New Zealand, a national sprint champion and also rode a winner of a New Zealand Cup. Inaugurated in 1990.
From Sir Edmund Hillary’s record breaking mountains to Gold-medal kayaks, cricket pavilions to long jumps, and of course the incredible history of the All Blacks, you will find New Zealand’s greatest sports performers, their most memorable moments, the trophies and the tools of their trades when you visit the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
The most recent addition to New Zealand’s Sporting Hall of Fame was the Rugby World Cup after winning on home soil in 2011. Is it possible that we will add the Cricket World Cup in 2015 which will be joint hosted by New Zealand and Australia? We reckon we’ve got as good a chance as any!