Where could the next America's Cup be held?

Team New Zealand's history-making America's Cup win in Bermuda means the Kiwis now have the right to host the next instalment of the race for the world's oldest trophy in sport.

It has been 14 years since the America's Cup was last held in New Zealand, just off the coast of Auckland in Long Bay.

And with hosting rights of the 36th America's Cup in 2021, discussions are already underway for where the regatta could be held.

Three options in Auckland are already on the table, Long Bay, off Rangitoto Island or Auckland Harbour near the CBD.

But what about the rest of the country?


Queenstown, America's Cup
Queenstown is a hot spot for international visitors. Photo credit: Getty

A Facebook page recently released a "proposition" to host the cup on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown.

The man known as "Roger," who is behind the page, suggests the "crown jewel" of New Zealand's tourism would be perfect for the event.

"I reckon we've got this amazing lake, with all these people, it's the crown jewel of New Zealand tourism with this beautiful lake, what a perfect place to host it," he says.

The local council says it can see the appeal of hosting it in its area but it hasn't been officially approached.


Wellington, America's Cup
Wellington has a strong case for hosting rights, being one of the windiest cities in New Zealand. Photo credit: Getty

What is Wellington most notably known for? Wind!

The capital is arguably the windiest city in the country and with a fantastic waterfront environment in front of Wellington Harbour, it could really go off for an America's Cup regatta.

The Wellington City mayor Justin Lester has given the capital his tick of approval, posting on Facebook saying he could, "imagine a few catamarans foiling around our beautiful harbour".


Tauranga, America's Cup
Mount Maunganui could offer good vantage points for spectators. Photo credit: Getty

Tauranga could be a wildcard entry to host the cup, but being the hometown of Team New Zealand helmsmen Peter Burling, it doesn't seem so impossible.

Mount Maunganui is a hotspot for visitors at all times of the year and watching the yachts fly along the water between Karewa Island and Motiti Island could bring in large visitor numbers and mean big money for the local economy.

Being closer to Auckland will also help logistically.

West Coast

It is no secret the country got behind Team New Zealand in its latest campaign to bring the Auld Mug home.

Some options might seem more logical than others but the folks down in Ross on the West Coast have put their hand up to host the next regatta, offering up a "very deep lagoon" for the foiling catamarans.

Unlike Auckland, all this venue needs is some new toilet facilities and a new road before welcoming potentially thousands to the small South Island town.

Despite Auckland being the clear favourite to host the 36th edition of the America's Cup, there are other possible options around New Zealand and big decisions to be made by officials upon their return to New Zealand.

Team New Zealand will arrive back in the country next week following their win in Bermuda.

A public parade is set down for fans in Auckland on July 6.