Sporting activities have also been well maintained. Race meetings have been held since 1872. The first recorded cricket match was played in 1855 and the Rangiora Cricket Club was officially formed in 1859. Other District Cricket Clubs of the early days included Kaiapoi, Oxford, Cust, Woodend, Ashley, Sefton, Leithfield and Amberley.
A Rugby Football Club was formed in Rangiora in 1875 and rugby was soon prospering in such places as Kaiapoi, Oxford, Cust and Amberley.
Cycling was also a most popular sport in the 1880s and following years. Other sports activities included tennis, bowling, hockey, basketball, golf, etc.