This year’s show was held in the centre of Viaduct Harbour

New Zealand’s 21st Auckland On Water Boat Show ran over last weekend (October 3-6) and positive results have the New Zealand marine industry feeling buoyant.

The show was held in the centre of Viaduct Harbour, which put it firmly in the middle of the Viaduct hospitality precinct and saw it draw large crowds.

“We were thrilled with our new location and the chance it gave visitors and spectators alike to get closer to more boats,” said show organiser, Stacey Cook.

“The move allowed us to increase marina space which saw the show accommodate 120 boats on the water – making it easily the biggest on-water show that’s ever been staged in New Zealand.”

According to the show’s organiser, exhibitors were pleased with the results from both regular visitors and those discovering the marine industry for the first time.

“The show was a success for us and it was great to connect with existing clients and meet people who were new to the Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders brand and show off the custom boats that we create. It was great to see so many people interested in purchasing boats,” said Luke Hill of Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders.

The show stretched from marina to land with some exhibitors taking up the opportunity to exhibit on both, capturing pedestrian traffic as well as those show visitors who wanted to experience boats in sea trials on the marina.

“The Auckland On Water Boat Show has provided a fantastic platform for Tectrax to showcase its electric amphibious technology both on land and in the water,” said Fraser Brown of New Zealand amphibious brand, Tectrax.

“This year we’ve been able to bring more boats to the show, reinforcing Tectrax’ versatility to the public. We’ve been humbled by the response from customers in regards to the advantages of electric amphibious technology – particularly around performance and deck space. Tectrax is already working with a number of New Zealand’s most trusted boat brands for launch late this year, early next and is looking forward to showcasing more options next year.”

The organisers have already confirmed that next year’s Auckland On Water Boat Show will be held in the same location.