What's coming up in sport and outdoor activities

AMY JACKMAN
Last updated 14:01 28/12/2012
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Taking flight: The annual birdman competition in January is bound to be a laugh.

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There will be plenty of sport and outdoor events in Wellington to keep the family entertained over summer.

Cricket fans will be able to soak up New Zealand's most popular summer game at the Basin Reserve and Karori Park this summer with two Twenty20 matches and one Plunket Shield game.

They can check out the form of Black Caps such as James Franklin, Jesse Ryder, Jeetan Patel and Mark Gillespie.

There will also be loads of soccer action for Yellow Fever fans, with the Phoenix playing Western Sydney in the new year.

Aeroplane enthusiasts can look forward to the Wings over Wairarapa air show in mid-January or perhaps try to emulate flying contraptions in Birdman Wellington on the waterfront on Wellington Anniversary weekend (January 19 till 21).

Oriental Bay will also be a hive of activity on anniversary weekend with beach soccer and touch rugby tournaments. The tournaments are free and open to all ages.

Soccer: Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney, Jan 13, 4.30pm. Beach tournament, Oriental Bay beach, January 19, 9am till 4pm, free.

Cricket: HRV Cup Twenty20 - Wellington Firebirds v Otago Volts, Basin Reserve, January 11, 4.30pm. Plunket Shield - Wellington Firebirds v Northern Knights, Karori Park, December 17 till 20, 10.30am.

Softball: North Island under- 15 girls championship, Hataitai Park, January 3 till 6. Poneke- Kilbirnie men's invitation tournament, Hataitai Park, January 18 till 21.

Orienteering: Oceania World Cup qualification sprint race, Parliament Grounds, January 7, 3pm till 5pm. Oceania World Cup finals sprint race, Wellington College, January 8, 10am till 1pm.

Other: Wings over Wairarapa, Hood Aerodrome, South Road, Masterton, January 18 till 20.

Birdman Wellington 2013, Wellington waterfront, January 21, 10am, individual registration $10, team registration $50.

Beach touch rugby tournament, Oriental Bay beach, January 20, 9am till 4pm, free.

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