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The Race Village 

Auckland Viaduct has been transformed into a vibrant Race Village for the Stopover with the Viaduct Events Centre acting as Race HQ. Key elements include the display of the Volvo Ocean 65 boats on the dock, the team base pit-lane, the Volvo pavilion, the Boatyard, the Sailors Terrace, Volvo Ocean Race Experience elements such as the Globe and the Race Boat Experience, the merchandise shop, the main stage and much more!

The Programme 

PRO-AM RACE: Friday 16th March, Auckland Harbour, 12.00pm - 5.00pm
LEG 7 START: Sunday 18th March, Auckland Harbour, 2.00pm (See map below)

Auckland, the world's premier sailing capital, is once again welcoming the Volvo Ocean 65s fleet home as an official Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover is back and bigger than ever. Auckland will be the home to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet for 23 days including heaps of free activities. Come and welcome the boats in from Hong Kong (be it lunchtime on Saturday or 2am on Monday!) and celebrate their arrival into the city of sails.

Follow us on Instagram for live arrival updates #volvooceanraceauckland


The 2018 Auckland Stopover features a packed programme of live entertainment with a variety of acts for all ages. The Race Village in the Viaduct Harbour opens on Saturday 24 February at 10.00 am.

About Auckland 

Imagine a vibrant urban culture where everyone lives within half an hour of secluded beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping. You're beginning to get the picture of Auckland - a destination consistently ranked in the top five global lifestyle cities.

About New Zealand 

New Zealand's diversity - in landscape, climate, and people - has turned this small South Pacific country into a major tourism destination far exceeding its global imprint.

It's also the youngest country on earth - the last habitable land mass on earth settled by humankind, and a nation that's fresh, enthusiastic and prepared to give it a go - a place to enjoy life as it should be.

From the inside, New Zealand's two main and countless off-shore islands offer vastly contrasting geographical and regional climatic conditions setting the scene for outdoor adventures and the unique Pacific lifestyle.

Sponsorship opportunities 

The Volvo Ocean Race has a unique global reach with stopovers in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Oceania, Africa and Europe. Millions of fans from more than 100 countries follow the Race through television, radio, magazines, newspapers, the internet, mobile phones and our online sailing game.

Contact us 

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited (ATEED) owns the rights to stage Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover, and is the primary funder of the event. Funding to support its hosting is provided by New Zealand Major Events.

ATEED has appointed Auckland's leading major events company Mayo& Ltd to deliver the Stopover on its behalf.