America's Cup glory, nail-biting Lions Tour, victorious Black Ferns - a colourful New Zealand year in sport

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Another colourful year in New Zealand sport saw some brilliant and head-scratching results for Kiwi fans. Here's a quick look at some of the more fondly remembered ones.

The America's Cup is once again, New Zealand's Cup

The Team NZ helmsman is shocked by how many New Zealanders have braved the Auckland winter.
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The Kiwi crew got redemption for four years earlier with a dominant display in Bermuda.

With superior understanding of the flying catamarans and the tech to run them, Team New Zealand soared through the Louis Vuitton Cup to face rival Oracle Team USA in the Cup match.

But with a 7-1 series win with cool, calm and collected skipper Peter Burling at the helm, the Auld Mug soon came home to New Zealand for Kiwis to see and celebrate in parades.

Now it's just a question of where the next regatta ends up!

Proud fans, win or lose - but what about a draw?

The Breakfast team says everyone was left deflated after the draw.
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The Lions series was as bold and colourful as ever - too bad the result wasn't.

After the peculiar 15-15 draw in the third match at Eden Park, All Blacks and Lions fans alike were left wondering how they were supposed to feel after a roller coaster month of mind games, big hits and controversial referee calls.

"I'll always remember at the end of that game, everyone looked at each other and thought, 'what do we do?'," 1 NEWS Sport reporter Guy Heveldt told TVNZ1's Breakfast today.

"It was just the weirdest thing."

Tie that in with Lions coach Warren Gatland wearing a clown nose to a press conference and you pretty much have everything weird covered.

Year of the Black Ferns

Students from Auckland Girls' Grammar School performed a rousing haka, paying tribute to the victorious Black Ferns.
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The Black Ferns won the Women's Rugby World Cup and are continuing to reap the rewards of the sensational campaign afterwards.

The team was the first ever women's side to win team of the year at this year's World Rugby Awards, speedster Portia Woodman took home women's player of the year and they're also favourites to win team of the year at this year's New Zealand Rugby Awards where their male counterparts, the All Blacks, aren't even nominated.

The praise comes after a brilliant comeback victory in the final.

Despite trailing 17-10 at halftime to England and struggling for possession and territory, the Black Ferns went up another three gears in the second half and stormed away for a 41-32 win at the full time hooter.

They could make further headlines early next year if they continue their award-winning ways at the Halberg Awards where they are nominated for team of the year as well.

Brendon Hartley's career goes up a gear

The Kiwi driver again impressed before engine troubles saw him out of the race.
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Finally, the whirlwind story of Brendon Hartley.

The Kiwi driver was called in to make his Formula 1 debut for Toro Rosso with four rounds to go at the US Grand Prix where he impressed with a 13th place finish.

He quickly found out about the troubles of F1 racing though after he was forced to retire in his next two races - once because his car caught on fire.

But then the news came the 28-year-old from Palmerston North secured a full-time driver's gig for the 2018 season, capping off a sensational few months for the Kiwi driver.

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