5 Jul 2017

Cheers as Team NZ brings Auld Mug home

5:03 pm on 5 July 2017

Team New Zealand has been welcomed back to Auckland as it brings the America's Cup home.

After wresting the cup from Oracle Team USA in Bermuda last week, the team is preparing for its official victory parade in Auckland.

Team NZ crew members, from left, Glenn Ashby, Peter Dalton and Peter Burling, bringing the America's Cup trophy home.

Glenn Ashby, Grant Dalton and Peter Burling, bringing the America's Cup trophy home. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The team arrived from Dubai just after 11am and emerged to cheers from waiting fans shortly after midday.

Skipper Glenn Ashby, chief executive Grant Dalton and helmsman Peter Burling carried the Cup into the arrivals hall.

Several hundred people had gathered in the international arrivals area - among them family members of the crew.

Fans will have another chance to see members of the victorious yachting team as the victory parade makes its way down Queen Street towards the waterfront from 12.30pm tomorrow.

The cup-holders will then take to the water from the Viaduct Basin for a sail past.

Ashby said it had been a long time coming.

"It's a little bit surreal to be honest," he said.

"It's been just a few days since we got the boat across the line and managed to win the auld mug but to be back here as a team, as a full team, and to be able to share it with everybody today just arriving at the airport, it's an amazing feeling.

"To walk through those doors it's something that I'll probably never ever forget for the rest of my life. It's very special."

Team New Zealand trimmer Blair Tuke said a huge number of people had contributed to the team's success, putting in many hours of work over the years, including designers and boat builders.

He said it was a special feeling to bring the Cup home.

"As a kid you grow up and you watch the '95, 2000 [races] and it means so much to Kiwis, so for us to be bringing it back is really, really special."

Team NZ is bringing the Auld Mug home after 14 years away with a 7-1 win over Oracle Team USA in Bermuda.

Team NZ is bringing the Auld Mug home after 14 years away thanks to a 7-1 win over Oracle Team USA in Bermuda. Photo: AFP

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