If you're an Olympic athlete chasing glory in Rio this year, New Zealand's holiday period is challenging - how do you stay fit and enjoy all that goes with a summer Kiwi break?

A host of Instagram shots from our top athletes - along with a ring-in named Richie McCaw - show Kiwi athletes do a pretty good job at juggling good times in the sun over Christmas and New Year with the training regime needed to succeed at the 2016 Brazil Games in August.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee posted the pics on its site with leading Kiwi Olympic medal contenders mixing their training with enjoying a quintessential Kiwi summer.

Whether it was swim queen Lauren Boyle jumping for joy on a beautiful beach, the men's rugby sevens team playing a fun round of golf wearing Santa hats, Rose Keddell burning off a Christmas ham or Adrian Leat running beach stairs, our stars have been busy.

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Jumping for joy cz we're going back to cuzzyland! Aka NZ πŸ˜‚ #latergram

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But one bloke who did get to relax a little while the others were hard at it was McCaw.

The former All Black captain (and doesn't that sound strange?) is pictured shirtless enjoying a beer after what looks like a bush hike on an Instagram post from girlfriend and Black Sticks hockey star Gemma Flynn.

While many stars incorporated their training into their fun with family and friends, some simply noted the splendour of a Kiwi summer.

Twice gold medallist Valerie Adams posted a picture of a stunning Auckland day while world champion yachtie Blair Tuke posted video of two Orcas frolicking in the water near his house.

Mint day in Auckland City #LastDayOf2015 β˜€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

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Outside the house this morning!

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ROTORUA DAILY POST
6 Jan, 2016 5:00am
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