VIDEO: Auckland authorities looking at Thursday, July 6th for Cup Parade


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'Reilly 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'Reilly 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'Reilly 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.