There is no sporting event more prestigious or historic than the America’s Cup, and for those able to travel to New Zealand in March 2021 for the 36th edition of the “Auld Mug,” there is so much to see and do in between race days. With racing running from March 6 to March 21, Auckland’s waters will be busy, welcoming plenty of superyachts and passionate sailing fans. Expect fast-paced action on the water, with five teams battling it out on foiling monohulls over five courses, with vibrant Auckland as the backdrop. Take your pick from some luxury highlights taking place around the Cup and make the most of New Zealand.
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Heletranz offers a range of experiences in Auckland
Helicopter specialist Heletranz offers a variety of experiences in Auckland and around New Zealand, including one-of-a-kind heli-fishing and heli-dining adventures. Enjoy champagne and canapés in the VIP lounge while viewing the America’s Cup action on television screens before taking to the skies in a helicopter from Heletranz’s luxury fleet to watch all the racing from a scenic flight in – arguably – the very best seat in the house.
From $695 per person, minimum six people. Contact Sofia Ambler, owner, email@example.com, +64 9415 3550, heletranz.co.nz
Views across the base
Park Hyatt Auckland offers extraordinary views of the city
One of New Zealand’s newest luxury hotels, the Park Hyatt opened in September 2020. The hotel’s 2,637-sq-ft Presidential Suite delivers sweeping views across Waitematā Harbour and across to the Emirates Team New Zealand base and Prada Race Village. The suite has a private garden, full personal gym and the biggest hotel balcony in Auckland, making it the ultimate base for immersing yourself in all the activities of the America’s Cup event.
From $6,600 per night. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, parkhyattauckland.com
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An Atelier Nash wine tasting is a must
Atelier Nash’s private fine-wine experiences are a must-do during the America’s Cup. Spend a few hours or all day enjoying an entertaining storytelling experience of New Zealand’s best wines alongside some of the greatest from around the world. There are options to host events at Atelier Nash’s downtown tasting rooms, in your private yacht or residence, or even to visit the wine estates by helicopter.
Bespoke experiences on request. Contact David Nash, founder, email@example.com, +64 2124 64497, ateliernash.co.nz
Escape to Somewhere
For those looking for some downtime between races, an escape to a villa called Somewhere in the stunning Bay of Islands archipelago is luxury in its purest form. With six bedrooms and three private beaches, Somewhere is located in a secluded private inlet. Arrive by seaplane, helicopter or yacht and immediately relax and soak up the views across the ocean. Host a beach party for friends or enjoy local activities such as incredible fishing and diving.
From $13,300 per night. Contact Jacqui Spice, founder and managing director, firstname.lastname@example.org, +64 3450 0855, touchofspice.co.nz