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volvo ocean race 2017 Auckland

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volvo ocean race 2017 Auckland

the volvo ocean race boats arrive from Honk Kong around start of March'18. I follow this (on TV) and my wife and i coincidentally may arrive Aukland around 17th March and the next leg of the race leaves on the 18th. Does anybody know where the flotila moores up and where the race village is and best vantage points when they leave.

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1. Re: volvo ocean race 2017 Auckland

The stopover is at the Viaduct harbour, downtown Auckland. This is on the Waitemata harbour and is located close to Princes wharf. Reclaimed area where the super-yachts are moored. Nice pedestrian area, overlooking the inner harbour, with a number of cafes and bars. Hotels in this location include Sofitel, Sebel, Hilton and Grand Chancellor -

http://www.volvooceanraceauckland.com/

Vantage points will be from the ferries/charter cruises on the harbour, North Head, Bastion Point, and the lookout above Ladies Bay (St Heliers).

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2. Re: volvo ocean race 2017 Auckland

The "best" vantage points will be determined by

the outward course and "marks" there of.

IMO North Head will probably be "the one" as it

closer to the Rangitoto Channel.

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3. Re: volvo ocean race 2017 Auckland

Another vote for North Head as the best viewing spot.Just catch the ferry over to Devonport, and walk to North Head. It would be 20 odd minutes to walk.

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4. Re: volvo ocean race 2017 Auckland

Thanks all, I booked The Sebel hotel with Marina View over the viaduct. Hopefully not too noisy but great views. More expensive for three nights than most holidays I ever had :-) . I will check out ferry cost / timings to Devonport..

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5. Re: volvo ocean race 2017 Auckland

Very nice choice for accommodation. The Viaduct area will be crowded, but that's what it's all about. For the Devonport ferry, walk along Quay Street to Pier 1 at the Ferry Building. Ferries will be busy, and expect North Head to be crowded also. Ferries are cheap, being a commuter service, and the harbour crossing takes 5 - 7 minutes each way.

There will also be supporters charters when the yachts leave Auckland, with vessels leaving from the Viaduct and the ferry piers.

Auckland hotels are expensive, outside of the yacht matches too. Not enough hotel accommodation at present. Good that you got a booking so close to the scene of action.

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