Fact file: New Zealand - a sailing nation

New Zealand prowess on the water is attributed to it being an island nation where maritime traditions are deep rooted.

  • Auckland is known as the "city of sails" with more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world
  • New Zealand has nearly 16,000km (10,000 miles) of coastline so nowhere is far from the sea
  • There are more than 120 affiliated yacht clubs in New Zealand - and more than 300,000 members in a country with a population of 4.3 million people
  • Kiwi sailing teams have won most of the top international trophies including the America’s Cup (twice), the Whitbread (three times), the Admiral’s Cup (once), the Kenwood Cup (three times), the Southern Cross Cup (four times), all the Ton Cups, the Louis Vuitton, TP52 Audi Med Cup and numerous other key regattas
  • NZ yachtsmen have won more than 60 world titles - including 18 Olympic medals in sailing (eight gold, five silver, five bronze)
  • Key destinations for a boating holiday in New Zealand are the Bay of Islands, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and offshore islands, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, and the southern fiords

More information:

Fact file: New Zealand & the America’s Cup

Fact file: The America’s Cup

New Zealand - a sailing nation

New Zealand - a sailor’s haven

New Zealand’s sea-going love affair