Experience the America's Cup 2021 with Larry Keating & Friends

With Love My New Zealand & Touch of Spice 


We have some exciting news to announce, just over a year out from the 36th America’s Cup, coming to Auckland in March 2021.

We are joining forces with America’s Cup experts and Auckland’s best luxury curators to launch the Larry Keating & Friends America’s Cup Project; curated by ourselves, Touch of Spice and Larry Keating himself.

The Project in summary;

The People;

  • Larry Keating – well known author, film maker, experienced yachtsman and America’s Cup veteran.
  • Sharon Stewart – Bespoke luxury experience expert and guide with an incredible network of Auckland connections and activities.
  • Jacqui Spice - MD & Founder of Touch of Spice – an expert in luxury, New Zealand, a Condé Nast Traveler Travel Specialist with a background in Super Yachts.

Our Aim? Cutting through the America’s Cup noise with real, tangible & authentic experiences for visitors;

  • Bespoke itineraries and packages to suit sailors and non-sailors alike – get out on the rail and in on the action – or sit back and sip on a glass of Waiheke’s finest!
  • Exclusive race watching on board NZ Sailing Trust historic round the world sailing vessels - Lion and Steinlager 2.
  • Private film screening with Larry, in exclusive venues, like an intimate boatshed on your own private beach.
  • Auckland’s most exclusive portfolio of stays – from Super Yachts to Mega Villas; to accommodate everyone from couples, through to Yacht Club groups from around the world.
  • Exclusive experiences showcasing Auckland’s culture, it’s people and (what is surely set to be) it’s largest ever festival of sailing.

We are tailoring all America’s Cup experiences to be fully bespoke, based on the group, their desires and budget, with accommodation options ranging from 4* to Rock Star…

Setting the scene for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021 

Around the table they thrash out course expectations, unique waterside venues, an epicurean kiwi lunch menu and which vineyards are best - combined with all important aspects, such as how jet lag is going to affect guests who have travelled from the other side of the world, to be here for the sporting spectacular that is the 36th America’s Cup. Together, Jacqui Spice, Sharon Stewart and Larry Keating are setting the scene for sailing lovers worldwide, travelling to Auckland in 2021.  

Welcoming sailors with open arms

From December 2020 through to March 2021 they will be working with individual travellers, couples, groups and yacht clubs from around the world to ensure they make the most of their time in New Zealand for the 36th America’s Cup. Together, they are curating unique and unrivalled experiences, both on the ground and out on the water. From touching down, to settling into luxury beachside accommodation, to setting sail as part of (what will undoubtedly be) Auckland’s most dazzling sailing event to date.  

Our aim? Cutting through the noise with real, tangible & authentic experiences. 

As a team they have an unrivalled passion for both New Zealand and the America’s Cup - the excitement, the nerves, the challenge, the fear, the adulation, the joy and the thrill of world-class competition. Together, they want to carefully curate how the world experiences this event, showcasing luxury Auckland, our people and our culture, whilst celebrating some of the greatest maritime history around the world. 

What does a day with Larry Keating & Friends look like? 

Start the day exploring Auckland’s famous fish markets with your own private guide, before lunch at a mystery venue, paired with wine from Waiheke Island’s nearby Man O’War Bay vineyard. Head out for an afternoon of America’s Cup action, with exclusive viewing access, guided by our experienced skippers, on board historic round the world racing yachts from the New Zealand Sailing Trust. End the day unwinding, sipping on a G&T as the sun goes down. Dine with Larry Keating as he gives you a private viewing of one of his incredible films, screened in an intimate boatshed, on your own private beach. 

It's not just about the sailors… 

Collectively, they are offering accommodation and experiences for every kind of sailor coming to New Zealand, including those who may be more interested in sitting and sipping on a glass of Waiheke’s finest than sitting out on the rail, feeling the ocean spray! They are ready for travellers wanting everything from a sprinkle of race days amongst an orchestrated North Island itinerary, to getting out on the water and in on the race action every day.  

The depth of the experience

This partnership is about bringing Auckland and the America’s Cup to life in a way only they know how; through the warmth of the nation, hospitality of the city, with off-grid experiences, incredible places to stay, local delicacies to try and people to meet resulting in an experience unrivalled by other providers 

Experts in every field

Curating these America’s Cup journeys with a collaborative approach ensures each stay is curated by experts in their field. From unrivalled luxury accommodation and destination management with Touch of Spice, to incredible hands-on experiences curated by Sharon Stewart (Love My New Zealand)and exclusive and insightful time with an America’s Cup expert – Larry Keating. Together, the team are looking forward to intricately weaving their uniquely in-depth America’s Cup experiences into the thrill of a stay in the world-class host city.