City Info

Race Village opening: 24 February 2018
Average ETA: 27 February 2018
New Zealand Herald In-Port Race: 10 March 2018, 01:00 UTC (14:00 Auckland)
Leg Start: 18 March 2018, 01:00 UTC  (14:00 Auckland)

More information can be found on the Auckland host city website: 

Find out all the cool things to see and do in our Race Village here.

Download 3D maps here: 
- Auckland Race Village map (PDF 2.1MB)
New Zealand Herald In-Port Race (JPEG 1.6MB)
- Leg 7 Start course map (JPEG 1.6MB)

Auckland is one of the Volvo Ocean Race’s most storied stopovers – the ‘City of Sails’.
It’s also New Zealand’s most populous city, and first featured in the second edition in 1977-78. It’s only been missing from two editions since then – and these days it’s a very cosmopolitan place, with a population of about one and a half million people. Volvo Ocean Race icons such as Sir Peter Blake, Grant Dalton and Mike Sanderson are still legends around these parts – mention their names, and you’ll see for yourself the high regard in which the Kiwi public holds this race and its heritage.

© Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

Auckland is surrounded by water, so you can do anything from harbour cruises to surfing, kayaking and whale watching.
If you’re looking for a rush, then you can jump off the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The Kiwis take their sport very seriously, and it’s a very active culture. If you want to travel further afield, then New Zealand’s geography is a microcosm of planet Earth. It has volcanoes. Alpine mountains. Fjords. Rustic hills. Beaches. Forests. Woodlands. Then there’s the wine, cafés and restaurants – New Zealand has a buzzing food culture and the coffee is just great. Try a flat white.

March can often be a beautiful month in Auckland.
The daily average is cooler than the previous stops, but still a pleasant 18C. Don’t forget your sun block – you’ll burn more easily in New Zealand than in the Mediterranean due to there being less ozone here to block the rays. And pack an umbrella, just in case: the weather changes fast, and March has an average of one rainy day in four. 

How do I get there?


Race Village:
Halsey St, Auckland
1010, New Zealand

Auckland (AKL)
Train: Auckland Strand Station (city centre)
Bus: Auckland Central Bus Station (city centre)
Alternative: Climb up to the 60-story Sky Tower bungee jump platform for an unbeatable view of the Race Village. Squint, and you’ll see it’s…just…down…there.

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Auckland from 24 Februray - 18 March 2018 and we’re looking for people to join our Volunteer Programme and help make the Stopover a huge success.

Registration for Auckland is now open and you can sign up on our website here. If you are looking for more information about becoming a Volunteer, please email the Volunteer Programme Manager, Ruth Tuiraviravi.

Volunteers Auckland

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