Auckland is a vibrant and multicultural city, home to myriad natural wonders, including Hauraki Gulf – over a million hectares of ocean, dotted with islands and abounding in marine life and the perfect location for the monumental competition that is the America's Cup.
Charter your own luxury yacht and have both your accommodation and a premier viewing platform sorted while you enjoy warm days and nights (March is the start of Fall in the southern hemisphere) cruising and being pampered onboard your ‘floating hotel’.
Auckland, a superbly located harbour city with 1.6 million inhabitants, will be a marvellous host and backdrop to the America’s Cup – a global event that is watched by more than one billion people on broadcast and electronic media.
But nothing beats the spectacle, the thrill and the electric experience of witnessing such an epic encounter first-hand.
Six international teams have been confirmed as America’s Cup challengers. The Racing action will take place on the placid waters of the picturesque Hauraki Gulf – courses that take in the sublime North Shore beaches right up to Auckland’s iconic harbour bridge and downtown CBD, and then to the Tamaki Strait between the brilliant ‘jewel in the crown’ of beautiful Waiheke Island and Maraetai.
The aim of the Auckland edition of the America’s Cup is to make it the most inclusive and spectator friendly America’s Cup ever.
The variety of stunning and challenging race courses, which will vary depending on weather, wind and tide conditions, allow spectators on land and on water unprecedented proximity to the racing, which will be fast and competitive with the high-tech foiling monohulls.
According to organisers, spectators on yachts and onshore will be able to hear the AC75s whistling above the water and see the wind shifts on the water.
Along with the racing, there will be a jam-packed calendar of social and cultural events to bring to life the unique customs and landscapes of New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Charter guests can be sure of a warm welcome during the America’s Cup Festival, and will have more than enough to occupy days and nights, as well as exploring the majestic coastline and island paradise that Auckland offers on its doorstep.
Waiheke Island is just 40 minutes from the CBD and yet a haven of tranquillity and indulgence: magnificent vineyards, pristine beaches, a thriving art scene and activities such as horse riding, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting, or for the daredevils, a scenic flight or zoom across the tree tops on a zip line.
Neighbouring Rangitoto is a volcanic island and offers visitors hiking adventures, including the climb to the crater’s top.
The largest and most unspoilt is Great Barrier Island. Off grid and incredibly scenic, it’s a Dark Sky Sanctuary, one of just four in the world, and visitors can enjoy stargazing that is literally out of this world.
There are many more adventures to savour in and around Auckland, including the iconic black sand beaches on the west coast, coastal walks, wildlife parks, rafting, a tantalising café and restaurant culture, fashion and arts. If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings films, you can visit the dazzling mountain, forest and glacier locations where the movies were filmed, including the quaint village where the story all began, known as Hobbiton, just two hours’ drive from Auckland.
There’s almost too much to list.
Contact one of the charter yacht specialists at Luxury Charter Group to find the ideal luxury charter yacht to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the 36th America’s Cup, and take advantage of every extraordinary experience in this intriguing part of the world from the comfort of your own charter yacht.