How to watch the America’s Cup: accessibility information

The 36th America’s Cup Match starts this Wednesday 10th March, as Cup defender Team New Zealand takes on challenger Luna Rossa. Here’s our guide for racegoers with access needs to make the most of the event.

A yacht sailing close to land, with green hills behind it.

We’re looking forward to the final America’s Cup races, taking place this month. Like the other events we’ve enjoyed this summer, they are going to be accessible to everyone.

We’ve worked with Auckland Unlimited to ensure that people of all ages and access needs can experience the thrill of the 36th America’s Cup with ease. Our goal is for all events and activities to be inclusive and inviting to anyone who wants to get in on the action.

Planning your day at the races

With Auckland now at Alert Level 1 the updated race schedule has two races per day beginning 10th March, and then on every day from 12th March until either the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand or the Challenger Luna Rossa reaches seven wins. Races will take place between 4pm and 6pm.

There are five designated racecourses in the Hauraki Gulf and Waitematā Harbour, chosen according to wind directions and weather conditions, and the course areas will be confirmed around 10am on racing days. You can find each day’s race course on the America’s Cup website and on social media: What’s On in Auckland on Facebook or @Auckland_NZ on Twitter. Look for updates on the Be. Lab Facebook page, too.

Where to watch the races under Alert Level 1:

There are three options for watching the races:

  • On the big screen in the Race Village, where you’ll find a welcoming team trained by Be. Lab.
  • On-land viewing sites. Narrow neck (Devonport), St Heliers, Takapuna Beach Reserve are the best accessible spots from which wheelchair users can watch the race live.
  • Live screenings around the city.

You can find details on the America’s Cup How to Watch page.

Access information for racegoers

Online information: The Access Information for Racegoers web page outlines the accessibility features within the Race Village, along with parking and public transport information.

Accessibility maps: We’ve put together an accessibility map of the Race Village, which you can download from the Access Information for Racegoers web page. To help you get to and from key viewing locations and activation sites, there are also maps for Orakei / St. Heliers and Devonport / Takapuna. The maps can also be found in information kiosks throughout the city.

The maps provide information about gradients and stairs along with walking distances. They show where you can find wheelchair accessible toilets and mobility car parking, and also give the locations of on-land viewing locations, information kiosks, bus stops and taxi stands. The maps themselves are accessible, with large print, easy-to-read text, strong colour contrast and simple icons.

On ground support on race days: At each of the venues, the Official Auckland Unlimited Volunteers are your first port of call – look out for the teal uniform.

Access hotline: We’ve set up an access hotline to help with any access related enquiries, whether it’s planning your trip in advance or a question while you’re on site. Call 027 258 8523 and someone from the Be. Lab team will be there to help.

Getting around the city: Check Auckland Transport's dedicated America's Cup page for info on getting around Auckland, including road closures and how to get to viewing locations.

Enjoy your day!

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