Business Traveler (USA) - - 4 HOURS -

Head down toViaduct Har­bour and leave dry land be­hind for an hour or two. Known as the City of Sails, Auck­land has hosted many ma­jor yacht­ing cham­pi­onships and re­gat­tas, but none have cre­ated more im­pact than the Amer­ica’s Cup com­pe­ti­tions held here in 2000 and 2003. Take ei­ther yacht NZL 40 or NZL 41, which took part in the orig­i­nal race, and on their regular sail­ings you can en­joy a thrill nor­mally only avail­able to ex­pert en­thu­si­asts and the über-rich.You can opt for the lazy op­tion and sit back and take in the views of the stunning Waitem­ata Har­bour or you could take a more stren­u­ous al­ter­na­tive.

Sail NZ al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence, thank­fully for a few mo­ments only, the back-break­ing ef­forts in­volved in set­ting up, trim­ming and low­er­ing the sails through the hand“grinders.”No sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary as the Sail NZ team bring along all the ex­per­tise you are ever likely to need. Re­mem­ber to bring your sun­block and a cam­era to catch that spe­cial mo­ment of you at the helm of th­ese mul­ti­mil­lion-dollar craft.

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