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Race Village opens tomorrow!



The Opening Ceremony for the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race takes place at 0900 tomorrow when the Volvo Ocean Race family, led by CEO Knut Frostad, will be welcomed by Ngati Whatua. The huge range of attractions - ranging from a cross-section of a Volvo Ocean 65, the massive Boatyard, films, children's activities and much, much more - will be open daily until 15 March. 


The Auckland Stopover Race Village

Based in the Viaduct basin, the Race Village is open every day from 27 February to 15 March at the following times: Mondays to Wednesdays: 10.00 am – 9.00pm

Thursdays to Sundays: 9.00 am – 10.30pm


There’s a huge range of entertainment on offer suitable for every age - and it’s all free!


Try Sailing

Have a go at sailing in Toppa Omegas with the team from Yachting New Zealand. Operating from Karanga Plaza steps daily from 11.00 am


The Boatyard

This will be located in the Viaduct Events Centre. The skipper and crew of each Volvo Ocean 65 pushes their boat to the limit on each leg of the Volvo Ocean Race and each Stopover gives the shore crews the chance to get the boat back into perfect racing shape. The Boatyard is the central repair and maintenance area for the fleet. A team of maintenance experts works day and night to repair and maintain the boats to ensure that they are in the best possible condition for the New Zealand Herald In-Port Race and the testing Leg 5 through the Southern Ocean to Itajai, Brazil. A special viewing platform enables visitors to watch close-up as the maintenance crew works on the boats.


Volvo Ocean 65 cross section

Find out what life is like onboard a Volvo Ocean 65. What's life like living cheek by jowl for up to a month at a time with eight other guys or 11 other girls? Imagine eating, sleeping, working and going to the toilet in an area only 10m2! Think about the realities of living in this cramped space as the elements throw everything at the boats. In our mock-up, you can experience what it must be like to be a real Volvo Ocean Race sailor. Only the smell of the real boat is missing - but we're working on that!


Another Day at the Office

The amazing Dome features movies and interactive entertainment for all the family with a rolling programme throughout the day, every day. The main feature is a 40 minute film telling the story of the Race with stunning action footage. Another attraction for Auckland is the new film The Grounding, with footage from the On Board Reporter on Team Vestas Wind at the moment the boat hit the reef in the Indian Ocean and the immediate aftermath. There’s also a quiz show with all sorts of challenges from testing your knowledge about the Race and taking part in physical tests such as a race to dress up in wet weather gear, a grinding challenge and much more.


The Volvo Pavilion

The imposing Volvo Pavilion which, like the rest of the Race Village, has been constructed in less than two weeks, is packed with interactive simulators and a fascinating range of information about the Race and Volvo. You can also learn about the latest Volvo car technology and see how cars can park themselves. There’s a huge range of miniature racing cars, trucks and diggers for the kids to play on.


On the Stage

A huge range of entertainment is on offer on Te Wero Island, home to the Race Village stage and big screens. The programme for the Stopover features every kind of live music, cultural displays, DJs, big screen entertainment, a Q&A session the skippers from the Volvo Ocean Race and much, much more. Topping the bill on Saturday 28 February are Bennie Tipene and his band, Jamie McDowell, Taye Williams, Jason Kerrison, the Wellington Sea Shanty Society and DJs Murry Sweetpants, General Lee, Karn Hall and Maya Vanya. Heading the bill are chart-topping NZ icons The Black Seeds on Saturday 14 March.


The Stoneleigh pop-up bar and the Heineken Yacht Club are also located Te Wero Island, serving food and beverages through the day.