Council wants America’s Cup yacht removed

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Queenstown Lakes District Council is inviting Expressions of Interest to dispose of the former America’s Cup yacht ‘NZL14’ currently moored in Queenstown Bay, Lake Whakatipu

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) regulatory manager Anthony Hall says the yacht is classed as abandoned under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and Council would like it removed from the bay.

"We’re reaching out to those who have the appropriate equipment and resources to remove and dispose of the vessel. There's some funding available to help with the yacht’s removal, and it would be up to the person or group successful through the EOI process to decide what to do with her once she’s off the lake," he says.


Anthony says interested parties will initially be provided with details of the requirements to dispose of the vessel, including Council’s expectations of technical experience.

Expressions of interest close on Sunday, 27 March and can be made via email to the QLDC Regulatory team at

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