The Mahurangi Regatta is held every year on the Saturday of Auckland Anniversary weekend.
The Mahurangi Regatta is part of the world’s largest regatta which is sailed out of Auckland’s Waitematä Harbour on the Monday. Watching the flotilla arrive in the Mahurangi Harbour as a flowing river of red and green navigation lights stretching back to Whangaparäoa Passage on the Friday evening is truly spectacular.
We usually take some chairs, a picnic and a bottle of wine up to Tungutu Point, which overlooks Sullivan’s Bay and the Regional Park, to watch the boats come in. A really great night!
The harbour brims with yachts on the Saturday and hundreds of smaller boats arrive by road for the afternoon’s racing, which is all within full view of the picnickers in Sullivan Bay. Families come Sullivan’s bay to enjoy the views and the fun shoreside competitions such as the egg and spoon races, swimming races, sand sculptures and tugs of war which are put on by the Mahurangi West Community. The evening sees the prize-giving and dance in the large marquee at Scotts Landing, across the water from us.
As Anniversary Weekend does get very busy at Mahurangi West you need to make sure you book your accommodation at Mahurangi West Wing bed and breakfast well ahead of time!