Hundreds of people have already gathered at Tauranga's waterfront to welcome home Peter Burling and his team for the first time since New Zealand won the America's Cup.

Loud cheers and applause were heard and members of Emirates Team New Zealand arrived by boat at the waterfront. Some members of the crowd showcased homemade signs for the boys, who have brought the trophy to town.

Captain Peter Burling address the crowd with a brief question and answer session. He said he was grateful for the huge turnout of people, despite the blustery weather.

"It's is great to be able to bring the cup home," Burling said.

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"Sorry we haven't been able to get here sooner."

The America's Cup was held at Bermuda in June. Despite several parades being held in other parts of New Zealand, today is the first time Tauranga has been able to celebrate with Burling and the cup.

Hundreds line Tauranga's waterfront to welcome home Peter Burling and the America's Cup.
Hundreds line Tauranga's waterfront to welcome home Peter Burling and the America's Cup.
Members of Emirates Team New Zealand arrive with the America's Cup at Tauranga's Waterfront. Photo/Zoe Hunter
Members of Emirates Team New Zealand arrive with the America's Cup at Tauranga's Waterfront. Photo/Zoe Hunter
Members of Emirates Team New Zealand address a crowd of hundreds at Tauranga's waterfront this afternoon. Photo/George Novak
Members of Emirates Team New Zealand address a crowd of hundreds at Tauranga's waterfront this afternoon. Photo/George Novak