Para sport is a term that describes sport offered as part of the Paralympic Movement. There are 31 Para sports recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), of which 23 summer Para sports are currently contested at the Paralympic Games.

Para sport offers people with an eligible impairment, opportunities to be involved in a sporting pathway from grassroots through to elite Para sport, representing their country at the highest level, including the Paralympic Games.

Since the Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games, New Zealand has won a total of 221 Paralympic medals including 190 at summer Paralympic Games.