Auckland Boat Show returns to the City of Sails in March 2023
by Isla McKechnie/NZ Marine Industry Association Aug 15 19:30 PDT
August 16, 2022
Dehler 34c – Auckland On the Water Boat Show – Day 4 – September 30, 2018 © Richard Gladwell
The Auckland Boat Show will return in 2023, bringing a festival on the water to the heart of central Auckland.
New Zealand’s largest boat show returns to Auckland from March 23-26, 2023. The Auckland Boat Show, scheduled for March next year, which will take place directly after the March Sail GP Regatta, is well chosen to allow boating enthusiasts to enjoy a feast of March marine activities.
A large marina screen will spill out into Jellicoe Harbor, filling the space outside the former America’s Cup bases. Land-based exhibits will complement the on-water component of the show, taking up a spot on Hamer Street in central Auckland’s bustling Wynyard district. “Holding the show on these dates – during summer time and on calm days at this time of year – gives us the chance to promote boating, boats and equipment to their best advantage,” said show organizer Stacey Cook.
The show became known for its on-water display. A wide range of boats – from ribs and tenders to large yachts and multihulls – come to Auckland at showtime to fill the marinas at the Auckland Boat Show. Unique in this part of the world, sea trials are an essential component of the event. With the Port of Waitemata as a neighbor to the show, builders and brokers are able to present ships in their element to buyers, allowing them to put performance, sea-smoothness and handling at the forefront.
For 22 years, the Auckland Boat Show has also been an important stage for regional and international parts and service providers. With a significant land-based component to the show, the event has become a launching point each year for annual launches of innovative products and new developments.
With the local maritime industry seeing record sales and a thriving innovation sector in New Zealand, the 2023 show is set to break records after a two-year hiatus.