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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:2 or 3 hours

America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

Join an America’s Cup sailing experience aboard an authentic racing yacht on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Feel the exhilaration of yachting as you take the helm and participate with the professional crew, or just sit back and soak up the harbor views. You have the choice of a 2-hour sail or a 3-hour match racing experience on an America's Cup yacht. No experience necessary.


  • America's Cup sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
  • Experience the thrill of sailing aboard an authentic America's Cup racing class yacht
  • Sit back and relax or get hands-on and help sail the America's Cup yacht
  • Join the crew and participate mate racing America's Cup style (select option at time of booking)

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America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

While in Auckland, participate in the world's most prestigious yachting regatta: the America's Cup. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity invites you to sail with elite professional yachties and reach for the ultimate sporting trophy. Sail alongside New Zealand billionaires aboard a grand prix racing yacht — a must-do experience any visitor to the 'City of Sails.’

Choose from two America’s Cup options, departing from Auckland's Viaduct Harbour — select an unforgettable 2-hour sailing experience or up the ante with a 3-hour match race (November to March only)..

2-Hour Sailing Experience:
Enjoy a unique opportunity to become part of the crew on an actual America's Cup yacht. Exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back for the ride as you sail through stunning Waitemata Harbour.

3-Hour Match Racing:
After meeting the crew, receive a safety briefing before going through a short race. After some practice, the action really begins as crew lines up at the pre-start and competes head to head!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We enjoyed the America's Cup Sailing experience. We have this type of ocean racing sailing in our family with our son and have a good background about what it is and what to expect. We felt that due to the good crew and their eagerness to perform combined with a good day with adequate winds they did provide us with a full range of the thrill of ocean racing including sailing down wind under the amazing spinnaker. It was a happy time for us as it seemed to most of those fortunate to be on this cruise. They provided great and a wide variety of harbor views with commentary including going under the harbor bridge with our mast almost hitting the structure. Well done and highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great trip. We had great views of the Auckland shore, skyline.and surrounding islands from out on the water. The staff crew were professional, friendly, and fun. They encouraged passengers to be part of the team no experience necessary. Interested passengers were allowed to take one of the two wheels. Above all, it was a real thrill to be on the open water in a racing boat at full sail including a massive jinnaker. A memorable day. Don't miss the exhibit on America's Cup Racing at the adjacent Auckland Maritime Museum- admission included as of this writing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was awesome!! The crew was great. We saw some Orcas that came really close to the boat and we followed them for a while. It was so cool.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Tour can only be described as a lot of fun. Mock America's cup sail race over 3 hours was just plain a hoot as the boats competed at a respectful distance between each other..

Bonus offer of free admission to maritine museum also a big plus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

An amazing experience - glorious weather, a great breeze, and a knowledgeable/fun crew.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Exciting, active experience- just what we wanted! It wasn't really clear, but the race is just between two boats owned by the operator. Opportunity to grind on deck almost as much as we wanted- gave a whole new appreciation for racing. Safety emphasized and crew made it fun. We would have enjoyed more explanation on what we were doing, when and why (tacking, raising and lowering spinnaker, etc.). But that doesn't take away from a fantastic and memorable experience.

Peter Shiret
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A great way to enjoy Auckland harbour. The crew's explanation and handling of the yacht was effortless, professional, and clear, enabling all those on board to activity enjoy the pleasure of crewing and steering this wonderful boat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We had great wind and the crew was very professional. It might be a little daunting to anyone a little shy around the water or has limited mobility.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The whole experience exceeded my expectations as it was a hands on the grinders and steering this magnificent boat although I live in Auckland and have been on the harbor in various boats many times this was some thing to remember. All the crew were so professional and gave freely of their knowledge of sailing. both to me us a and to the many over seas visitors on the boat who also enjoyed this unique time on the water. To match race against another Americas boat is some thing I will never forget and thank goodness my dearest Wife gave me this as a Xmas gift. I will certainly recommend this to all my friends and colleagues .

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