Spark 5g
Spark's 5G race zone

Have a go sailing an America's Cup boat using a 5G similuator, at the new 5G Race Zone attraction at Wynyard Quarter. 

Spark's 5G race zone

Course Selection

Spark's 5G race zone

Wind Tunnel

Archived: Spark 5G Race Zone

October, 2020 - May, 2021

The Spark 5G Race Zone has now closed.

Spark has launched its 5G Race Zone, an immersive multi-sensory experience that gets New Zealanders closer to the America’s Cup than ever before.

The 5G Race Zone gives visitors the opportunity to feel, create, learn and even smell all things sailing – without getting on the water – by bringing together the best of sailing and technology in seven fully interactive zones. Each of the seven zones at Spark’s 5G Race Zone tap into the different benefits of 5G: speed, low latency and mass connectivity.

Spark 5G Race Zone experiences:

Wind Tunnel
Step into a slice of today’s wind visualised like you’ve never seen before. 5G will open up all new ways to collect and visualise essential data. Emirates Team New Zealand study masses of NIWA data from across the region to understand the differing windstates and use nature to their advantage.

Course Selection
Knowing every part of the Waitematā gives Emirates Team New Zealand an edge. This super high-res weather model visualises today’s data. By analysing NIWA weather and tide data they can predict the course and set the boat up to make the most of the conditions.

Te Aihe
Get onboard an immersive insider experience as Te Aihe takes flight during a development day. Join the crew as they test the limits, collecting data with Spark 5G, looking for more ways to make the boat go faster.

5G Portal
Connect to multiple data streams and experience the speed of 5G. You can explore the 5G Feed to see what's trending in the America's Cup world or pose for a photo and become part of the Emirates Team New Zealand support team.

Meet the team
Meet the team behind the scenes, get to know the crew and use Spark 5G to snap your own interactive AR photo with the sailors or the America’s Cup.

Boat Builder
Create your own high performance AC75 and put your design skills to the test in a 5G streamed gaming environment.

AC75 Simulator
Take the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand’s high tech secret weapon. It uses Spark 5G to collect data on the water to help them push boat design to its limit. Test your skills at the helm or take charge of the foils as you fly across the Waitematā.


How to book
The Spark 5G Race Zone is open to the public, but you must book ahead. Children aged 16 and under are required to have a parent or guardian accompany them.

We take pre-booked groups of 10 or less into Race Zone every 15 minutes for this free 60-minute experience. Book now, here.

If have particular questions about your visit or your group is larger than 10 people, please email us at

Free parking for your first hour at Jellicoe Street car park. See more here

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Last updated: 14 June 2021

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