With boats of all shapes and sizes taking to the water, under sail, steam and paddle power, there’s something to float everyone’s boat at the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. The tugboat race and display is always a hugely popular event with spectators - it’s not often you see a fleet of working and vintage tugboats racing down the harbour and playing tug-of-war with each other! And of course there’s nowhere else in the world you can see such a large fleet of authentically restored classic yachts as you will here on Anniversary Day. For more regatta highlights, check out the What to see page.
The tugboat race starts at 1000hrs (or 10am in “civvy” time!) The tugboat race starts off Captain Cook Wharf, so you’ll want to get there early for the best views. From there, the fleet of tugboats race down the Waitemata Harbour to Orakei and back again, so there are plenty of great viewing opportunities to the east of the CBD. After the race, the tugboats perform their display or ‘dance’ in front of crowds of spectators on Queens and Captain Cook Wharves.
The best place to watch Auckland’s enviable fleet of beautifully restored classic yachts is from Westhaven Drive, where they will line up before their races start at 1200hrs (midday). Get down to Westhaven from 11.30am to see their exciting pre-start maneuvers, or even better, get here at 11am to see the Classic Launch race start off Westhaven too. Check out the Schedule for full details of all race times and locations.