AC36 2020/21 

When the America's Cup arrives in New Zealand in 2020 and 2021, it will bring with it a whole host of activity and plenty of buzz to New Zealand shores. Many yachts have started the journey south already and we've been enjoying helping them make the most of their time in the Pacific. We've created a round-up of all you need to know - read on for details. 


Views over the Hauraki Gulf from Waiheke
Covid-19 Regulations

New Zealand has taken strict measures against Covid-19, meaning there have been relatively few cases in the country. Those measures include stringent border controls which, as of October 2020, only allow New Zealand citizens and residents to enter the country with few exceptions. There is some expectation these controls might loosen before the 36th America's Cup, however this is not guaranteed. We're always available to advise on yacht entry needs; contact us here


An exception to New Zealand's Covid-19 entry regulations is that yachts with refit work booked can enter the country, as can their crew who are onboard. The refit work must be of no less than $NZD50,000 in value and crew are required to go through a quarantine period onboard the vessel. Refit work in New Zealand is of high-quality, with qualified, skilled tradesmen, proven yards and experienced project managers. To discuss refit or maintenance work in New Zealand, contact us


With National Marine Pacific based in the heart of Auckland, and carrying all the international products you and your guests know and love, we can ease the stress of accessing goods. We're able to provide door-to-door service, importing any goods we don't have stocked from National Marine's US headquarters, handling customs clearance, solving problems on the spot from our Auckland office and offering warehouse facilities to hold goods here in preparation for refit or your arrival, or sending them to you around the Pacific.

Our supply chain stretches through the Pacific so we're able to keep you moving with all the parts, supplies, spares and provisions you needs no matter how far off the beaten track you go, as you enjoy the region. This is our backyard and we're passionate about helping people discover it, so there's nothing we love better than seeing yachts get out into the Pacific and explore. 


With the advent of Covid-19, there are now more berths available should border regulations relax. We'd be happy to help with your enquiries; contact Almost from the moment Emirates Team New Zealand won the 35th America's Cup, Auckland's been preparing for AC36 and its accompanying spectators. On the ground in Auckland, building work is nearing completion and for those superyachts ready to watch the Cup, Auckland is ready for them. 

Anchoring in Auckland's regional waters

Auckland's Hauraki Gulf stretches from Kawau Island to Great Barrier Island, to the tip of the Coromandel, and encompasses 50 islands providing plenty of sheltered anchorages for  superyachts to enjoy. Superyachts over 40m in length anchoring in the Auckland region will be assisted by the Harbourmaster in regards to daily voyage plans and suitable anchoring locations and will be required to pay a one-off 12 month Navigation and Safety fee based on NZ$20 per metre of length plus GST.

Events line up 

17-20th December 2020

America’s Cup World Series for America’s Cup Defender and all Challengers, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf


December 2020

31 December

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron New Year’s Eve Race to Kawau Island 25NM north of Auckland


January 2021

The Prada Cup America’s Cup Challenger Series starts, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf

Friday 1st January

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron 150th anniversary and New Year’s

Day around Kawau Island race


Sunday 3rd January

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron cruise to Great Barrier Island


Monday 15 to Thursday 18th February

New Zealand Millennium Cup Superyacht Regatta Bay of Islands, Russell, Presented by NZMarine


Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Superyacht Regatta Auckland


Saturday 6th to Sunday 21st March

36th America’s Cup Match - Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf