The 36th America's Cup and accessibility


The 36th America's Cup is a yacht race and is considered the oldest international sporting trophy in the world. 

Sailing teams from all over the world have come to Auckland for a chance to race against our very own sailing team, Team New Zealand, who are the defending America's Cup champions. 

The New Zealand team is called the defender, because we are wanting to defend our title as the sailing champions of the world. The opposing teams are called challengers

Here’s what Aucklanders need to know to get in on the action and enjoy the race.


How can I watch the race?

This Auckland Council web page gives information on where you can watch the race on land, at the America's Cup Race Village, or what you need to do if you plan to watch the race from the water/on a boat.

This page provides an access map to Auckland's city centre, how to get assistance when you're at the Race Village, and who to contact for more information. 


Spark Race Zone

Spark 5G Race Zone is a free 60-minute experience. It showcases how Spark 5G and Emirates Team New Zealand work together to put the team at the leading edge of technology and sailing.

You need to book online to gain entry to the Race Zone. 

Spark 5G Race Zone is a dark space with ambient lighting. It may not be a suitable space for persons with poor sight, epilepsy, motion sickness or any medical condition that could be made worse in response to flashing lights or 3D motion.

This space is suitable for wheelchairs, however, there is no space for prams or trolleys so these can't be taken inside. Food and drinks are not allowed into the space. More info can be found on this page.


Watch this space for more accessibility updates about America's Cup or check Auckland NZ for the latest info.  


Published 7 January 2021