America's Cup parade planned for Auckland
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
The America's Cup is coming back to New Zealand, and Auckland has announced it'll be welcomed home with a parade.
And the city's residents will also be treated to a fireworks display on Tuesday night.
Peter Burling's Team New Zealand sealed victory over Team USA on Tuesday morning (NZT), finishing the America's Cup Match Series in Bermuda 7-1.
A homecoming parade is already in the works, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) says.
"ATEED, on behalf of Auckland Council, will work with Emirates Team New Zealand and other stakeholders to hold a parade in the central city to mark their achievements when they return to Auckland," ATEED chief executive Brett O'Riley said.
"It's been 14 years since the America's Cup left New Zealand. Team New Zealand's efforts to reclaim the cup have done our country proud."
While the exact details would be confirmed over the next few days, the parade route wouldn't be heading down Queen Street due to construction, he said.
Meanwhile, a fireworks display will be put on at the waterfront near the Headquarters restaurant at 6pm.
It'll be best viewed from the waterfront plaza public walkway near the Sebel.
Prime Minister Bill English earlier congratulated Team New Zealand, having been photographed watching the final race in his red socks.
"They have done an amazing job to beat formidable opposition," he said.
"The crewmanship aboard Team NZ has been outstanding and the innovative use of pedal power to drive the hydraulics on the New Zealand boat has showcased Kiwi ingenuity to the world."
He said the government would be working with Auckland Council to find an appropriate way to recognise the victory.