Today, Emirates Team New Zealand will parade the cup around the city, meandering through Britomart (Gore Street, to be exact) just after 1pm.
Once upon a time, in the year 1851, a boat called America won a race, and a competition called the America’s Cup was born. 166 years later, a young man called Glenn Ashby would skipper a boat in that competition, having grown up learning to sail on a lake in Australia that was often near dry.
His team would be called Emirates Team New Zealand, and after watching the United States win the America’s Cup a total of 28 times and New Zealand just twice, they would make history in 2017 by taking it back.
Today, a very proud country will scream and yell and wave things and drink things as the team parade their trophy throughout the city, meandering through Britomart (Gore St, to be exact) just after 1pm.
It’s not too late to be a part of this incredibly exciting moment in time: the parade starts on Queen Street at 12.30pm and there’ll be a giant screen in Takutai Square, with food and drink specials happening throughout the precinct. Our picks for best spot are Oaken (for front row seats of the action) and Ostro (where it’s rumoured you might even catch the crew themselves)…
Emirates Team New Zealand Welcome Home Parade
Entering Britomart Thursday 6 July approx. 1pm