Events for Spectators
Tug boat racing
Tug boats may not exactly be designed to race, but when they do, they are a spectacular sight. Dozens of tugs, including the biggest, the William C Daldy, built in 1935, will start off Captain Cook Wharf at 10am, and they will charge around the inner Waitemata, past Orakei, finishing at Queens Wharf. This will be followed by a display off Queen’s and Capt Cook Wharves starting at around 10:45am, after which the tugboats will berth at Capt Cook Wharf for public viewing.
Dragon Boat Racing
360 keen dragon boat paddlers of all ages come together to race the 9m long dragon boats timed by enthusiasted drummers over a 200m race course in the Viaduct. It's a mass of splashing, power and adrenalin over the journey that lasts less than 50 seconds! Races start at 09:30am.
A Classic Time
Auckland has the largest fleet of vintage yachts still sailing, anywhere in the world, and many of them are on display at Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. You will see much loved names like Waitangi, Thelma, Rawhiti, Ranger, Ariki and Jessie Logan, on the Westhaven start line from 12:00 midday on regatta day. Be there early to watch their pre start manoeuvres!
A hard sprint starting from Westhaven around the course and back to Westhaven, starting at 12:35pm. Pop down and have a look!
Radio Controlled Yachts
Be sure to see this amazing display of yachting skill 'America's Cup' style, controlled from the land. At St Mary's Bay and Westhaven Marina from 10am.
They are the grass roots favourites of New Zealand sailing and racing at several clubs around Auckland. Includes the Opti and Starling Auckland Champs at Maraetai, the Anniversary Weekend Champs at Takapuna, and much more. Full details of locations and start times are on our Notice of Race and we recommend you arrive 2 hours prior to the race start to see the boats being rigged and launched from the beach, as this is the best time to catch them.
For many Aucklanders watching Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta from a sunny picnic spot, is a precious childhood memory. Some of the best spots are:
East Coast Bays
Fullers Harbour Cruises depart at 10.30am and 1.30pm to take in the sights of the day.
America’s Cup Sailing Experiences
11.00am and 2.00pm
Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm to help steer on course or work hard on the grinders to hoist the mainsail during this hands on sailing adventure on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.
Auckland Harbour Sailing
1.00pm and 3.15pm
Discover Auckland’s picture perfect harbour on our relaxed sailing experience. Take in the fresh sea air and the stunning scenery while you travel down the harbour under the power of wind.
Harbour Dinner Cruise 6.00pm
Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on the water. Soak up the city atmosphere from the peace of the harbour waters. Glide past the city as it lights up and watch the sun set over the inner harbour.