Auld Mug on way back to New Zealand

Auld Mug on way back to New Zealand

Team NZ has officially touched down on Kiwi soil.

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

The celebration will start at Parliament at noon, before parading through town along Lambton Quay, on to Willis Street, finishing with a welcome and speeches in Civic Square.

Take a look back at the Wellington and Christchurch parades in 1995 when Team New Zealand brought the cup to our shores.

Skipper Glenn Ashby added: "It's largely redemption for the whole team and for the whole country, from (the loss in) San Francisco".

"It's wonderful that everyone's come out to see them and welcome the Cup home".

"There's more to New Zealand than just Auckland, and we want Wellington to give some love out", Mr Eagle told 1 NEWS NOW.

"We're just going to enjoy this - It's a heck of a milestone".

Blair Tuke said it was "a lot of hard work" before the campaign to get to the Cup home.

Police remind those attending the Emirates Team NZ Welcome Home Parade tomorrow in downtown Auckland to allow plenty of time to get to your destination as large numbers of supporters are expected in the central city.

Apanui said: "When the boat went down I cried".

Blake was a particularly big fan and today had his lucky red socks on.

The America's Cup, which Team New Zealand took off holders Team USA with a 7-1 victory in the final in Bermuda, is scheduled to arrive in Auckland on Wednesday.

Apanui said their son was 6-months-old when they realised they had inadvertently given him a name that connected the family to sailing legend Sir Peter Blake.

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