Three of Team New Zealand's champion cyclists - and team-mate Peter Burling - have swapped their America's Cup-winning yacht for bikes as they tour New York City.

Blair Tuke has shared a selfie of himself, fellow cyclists Andy Maloney, Josh Junior and Burling - the crew's helmsman - riding the iconic bright blue Citibikes with his Instagram followers using the popular application's "story" function.

Junior is sporting an All Blacks jersey in the photo, while his sunglasses-wearing team-mates pose.

The America's Cup winners are expected to return to New Zealand on Wednesday ahead of a celebratory parade in Auckland on Thursday.

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The quartet of sporting heroes also later posted a picture to social media with them in casual gear on before hitting some of the "Big Apple's" famed night spots.

Team New Zealand sailors (left to right) Peter Burling, Andy Maloney, Josh Junior and Blair Tuke in New York City. Photo / Instagram
Team New Zealand sailors (left to right) Peter Burling, Andy Maloney, Josh Junior and Blair Tuke in New York City. Photo / Instagram

The stopover in New York comes as the team makes its way home from Bermuda after Tuesday's historic reclaiming of the America's Cup - the second time Team New Zealand has successfully challenged for the world's oldest international sporting trophy.

The team beat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in the finals series.

It is the first time Team New Zealand has held the cup since it was beaten by Alinghi in the 2003 event off the Auckland coastline.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected to line the streets of central Auckland on Thursday for an official welcome back parade.