It's all happening on the water this weekend - we round up some of the best spots to catch the yachting action.
1. Princes Wharf
From the robust little tug boats tootling out at 9am Monday to the grand frigate, and a steady stream of yachts steaming out to start racing, Princes Wharf gets you up close to the action and antics on the water. On Sunday take a walk at dusk to see the beautiful classic yachts lit up, and to see the fireworks at 9.30pm. You're in strolling distance of the Seafood Festival, the Maritime Museum (free entry to Auckland residents), Ports of Auckland boat tours and the International Buskers Festival.
2. Orakei Wharf, Tamaki Drive
Walk the length of the Orakei Wharf (almost opposite Kelly Tarlton's) to watch the racing and spectator boats as they stream out of the harbour. Parking and traffic may be a challenge, so pick up a bike or rollerblades and wheel along Tamaki Drive. Grab an icecream at one of the beaches on the way back.
3. Bastion Pt
A hike up the hill to Bastion Pt and the Savage Memorial gives you a bird's-eye view of the action. Bring the binoculars and a picnic. Races start off Princes Wharf at five-minute intervals from 10.55am with the flying Multihulls.
4. North Head
Catch the action as they round the heads and into the big open seas. The crowd is always friendly, Devonport cafes and icecream shops are nearby and you can finish the day with a celebratory drink or fish 'n' chips.
5. East Coast Bays
For a more relaxed view of the action, find a beach along the coast, spread out the picnic blanket and line up the binoculars to watch the big classics and the fast yachts as they battle it out on the Hauraki Gulf.
* For race information go to regatta.org.nz