Feb 18 2018

Waterfront prepares for Volvo Ocean Race arrival

The biggest event to grace the waterfront in years is mere days away, with the Auckland stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.

In preparation for setting up the Volvo Ocean Race Village, the waterfront was blessed in a ceremony with Ngati Whatua on Monday 12 February. Despite a soggy start, Nagti Whatua was joined by representatives from Volvo Ocean Race, event delivery partner Mayo and Calder, ATEED and Panuku, gathered on Te Wero Island to ask for protection for all who enter the area.

Panuku’s Tom Warren, General Manager Marinas attended the early morning blessing.

“This a great opportunity to showcase Auckland’s waterfront as part of an internationally renowned event that attracts world class sailors and sailing enthusiasts.”

The waterfront sites were then formally handed over to Mayo and Calder to begin the set up for the event.

The Volvo Ocean Race Village takes over the Eastern Viaduct, Te Wero Island, Karanga Plaza, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre and Halsey Wharf areas.

Key elements of the race village include the display of the Volvo Ocean boats, the team base pit-lane, the Volvo pavilion, the Boatyard, and the Sailors Terrace. You can also get hands on experience in the Globe and the Race Boat Experience.