Volvo Ocean Race 2018 - Auckland Stopover

The Volvo Ocean Race 2018 is coming to Auckland and we're giving you the opportunity to experience the best of the on-water action by joining one of our fantastic sailing experiences...


Race Day Spectator Cruise - 10th March and 18th March 

For the two main Race Days (10th and 18th March), book a space on board one of our America's Cup yachts and join us as we motor out and watch the racing from prime position. Following this, we will sail back up the Waitemata Harbour so you can get a taste of what it takes to be crew on board these incredible race yachts! 

- 3hr Duration - Spectator Cruise & Sailing experience on board an America's Cup yacht
- Departs 1.30pm
- complimentary soft drinks available on board

For more information, call us on 0800 397 675 or email

Private Charter options also available - click here for more information

In-Port Race - Saturday 10th March  

Scheduled for 2.00pm on Saturday 10th March, teams will take part in the 'In-Port Race' - a race around the Waitemata Harbour/Hauraki Gulf which is always action packed and great to watch, especially from on board a boat. 

Leg 7 Start - Auckland to Itajai, Brazil - Sunday 18th March

Also scheduled for 2.00pm, on Sunday 18th March, the Volvo Ocean Race will depart Auckland for the start of Leg 7 when they will race to Itajai, Brazil - At 7,600 nautical miles, it is the longest leg by far and will take the fleet through some of the coldest, roughest ocean in the world.

About the Auckland stopover

Having departed from Hong Kong on Leg 6 on 7th February, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is due to start arriving in Auckland from 24th February which is when the official Volvo Ocean  Race Village opens at the Viaduct Harbour, Viaduct Events Centre and Te Wero Island. 

For the 3 week stopover period, visitors can see the yachts up close and experience all sorts of entertainment as the Race Village comes alive. There will also be a number of practice races and official races where the yachts will go head to head. See main race details and other key dates below. 

Key dates:

24 February: Race Village opens
24 February - 27 February: Estimated Boat Arrival
9 March: In-Port Practice Race
10 March: In-Port Race
15 March: Peroni Pro Am Practice Race
16 March: Peroni Pro-Am Race Series
18 March: Departures and Race Start to Itajai

Click here for more information regarding the Auckland stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2018. 

Where to find us

Booking Kiosk
(Opposite The Nightingale)
Viaduct Harbour

0800 397 567
(NZ calls only)