America's Cup: Auckland parade date revealed

The America's Cup and its victorious owners Team New Zealand are due back home early next week, so plans are in the making for a big welcome home.

Auckland authorities are aiming for a parade on Thursday, July 6, at midday.

"We should have most of the team back here by Thursday next week so there'll be parade event and some other activities starting from midday on Thursday," Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief executive Brett O'Reily says.

"That'll be a combination of on land and on water, and we really want to make this our greatest ever welcome home for the team."

"It'll be along the waterfront, but we also want to get the team out on the water. Obviously that's a big part of what they do." 

If the weather permits, Mr O'Reily says the team might go across the harbour to the North Shore. There's a lot of construction in Auckland's CBD currently, and ATEED wants as many people to be able to see the Cup as possible.

Mr O'Reily says they hope to involve Viaduct Harbour, the "spiritual home" of the America's Cup in New Zealand.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed to The AM Show that Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin are also trying to put together public celebrations.

Peter Burling is looking forward to "a pretty cool few weeks" sharing his America's Cup win with the rest of New Zealand after celebrating the conclusion of a gruelling campaign with his opponent Jimmy Spithill in Bermuda.

The 26-year-old calmly steered his way into yachting history on Tuesday, demolishing Spithill's Oracle Team USA to win the Auld Mug.

Burling said the losing US team, led by his good friend Spithill, had joined the New Zealanders in their celebration.

"They came over and said congrats last night and we invited them in. It was pretty cool to be able to share it with them."

A beaming Burling, with the normally closely-guarded silver trophy standing behind him, said it was "impossible to compare" the victory with the gold medal he and fellow crew member Blair Tuke won in Rio de Janeiro last year in the 49er skiff class.

"To be able to lift that and bring it home to New Zealand, it's going to be a pretty cool few weeks sharing it with all our fans and friends and family back home," he said.

"We're really proud of what we have managed to achieve as a group."

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