Auckland, the world's premier sailing capital, is once again welcoming the Volvo Ocean 65s fleet home as an official Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.
In February 2015, Auckland stages the Leg 4 finish from Sanya in China and the start of Leg 5, which takes the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round the infamous Cape Horn and up to a finish and Stopover in Itajai, Brazil.
Auckland Viaduct has been transformed into a vibrant Race Village for the Stopover with the Viaduct Events Centre acting as Race HQ. The interactive Volvo Ocean Race Experience Zone offers unique insight into life onboard during the Race with the cross section of the VO65, the 'Another Day at the Office' Dome, and much, much more. Great for all ages.
The 2015 Auckland Stopover features a packed programme of live entertainment with a variety of acts for all ages.
Imagine a vibrant urban culture where everyone lives within half an hour of secluded beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping. You're beginning to get the picture of Auckland - a destination consistently ranked in the top five global lifestyle cities.
New Zealand's diversity - in landscape, climate, and people - has turned this small South Pacific country into a major tourism destination far exceeding its global imprint.
It's also the youngest country on earth - the last habitable land mass on earth settled by humankind, and a nation that's fresh, enthusiastic and prepared to give it a go - a place to enjoy life as it should be.
From the inside, New Zealand's two main and countless off-shore islands offer vastly contrasting geographical and regional climatic conditions setting the scene for outdoor adventures and the unique Pacific lifestyle.
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Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited (ATEED) owns the rights to stage VORAS and is the primary funder of the event. Funding to support its hosting is provided by New Zealand Major Events.
ATEED has appointed Auckland's leading major events company Mayo& Ltd to deliver the Stopover on its behalf.
The Volvo Ocean Race has a unique global reach with stopovers in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Oceania, Africa and Europe. Millions of fans from more than 100 countries follow the Race through television, radio, magazines, newspapers, the internet, mobile phones and our online sailing game.