On-water festival

The Auckland Boat Show will return in 2023, bringing a festival on the water to the heart of the city.

Photography by Live Sail Die

18 August 2022


New Zealand’s largest boat show will return to Auckland from 23 to 26 March 2023.

Auckland Boat Show, scheduled to run directly after Sail GP’s March regatta in Christchurch, is well-timed to allow boating enthusiasts to enjoy a feast of March marine activities.

A large marina display will spread through Jellicoe Harbour, filling the space outside the former America’s Cup bases. On-land exhibits will complement the on-water component of the show, taking up a Hamer Street spot in central Auckland’s buzzing Wynyard Quarter.

“Staging the show on these dates – during daylight savings and in the settled weather this time of year delivers – gives us the chance to promote boating, boats and equipment to their best advantage,” said show organiser, Stacey Cook.

The show has become known for its on-water display, with a wide range of boats – from RIBS and tenders to large yachts and multihulls – making their way to Auckland at show time to fill Auckland Boat Show marinas.

Unique to this part of the world, sea trials are a crucial component of the event.


With the Waitematā Harbour as the show’s neighbour, manufacturers and brokers are able to demonstrate vessels in their element to buyers, allowing them to bring performance, sea-kindliness and handling to the forefront.

For 22 years, the Auckland Boat Show has also provided an important stage for regional and international parts and services providers.

With a large on-land component to the show, the event has become a launching point each year for the annual releases of innovative products and new developments.

With the local marine industry reporting record-breaking sales and a thriving innovation sector within New Zealand, 2023’s show is set to be a record-breaker after its two year hiatus.



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