16 September 2020
New Zealand’s largest boat show was scheduled to open in three weeks’ time, running from 8–11 October, but with the uncertainty on which restriction levels will be in force at that time, the organisers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show.
The build of the show, including a made-for-purpose show marina, was slated to begin next week, along with the process of exhibitors shipping boats to Auckland.
A meeting of exhibitors and organisers held yesterday concluded that, due to uncertainty around changing COVID-19 levels and a desire to ensure the safety of show patrons, the cancellation was the best course of action.
The New Zealand marine industry has enjoyed steady sales this year, as New Zealanders continue to value and look forward to exploring their own coastlines and lakes.
Marine industry companies have reported feedback from their customers who are looking forward to fishing or watching the 36th America’s Cup close up in the forthcoming 2020–21 summer season.
Organiser Stacey Cook said, “With over 1.4 million New Zealanders going boating every year, boating is a way of life for many, and we know that the boating public will share our disappointment in not being able to see and experience the latest in technology, equipment and new boat and engine models on offer at the now-cancelled show,” she said.
Boaters can visit auckland-boatshow.com to view the latest boats and products from companies that were to exhibit.
The Auckland Boat Show is a major event run by the NZ Marine Industry Association for the benefit of its 500 members that manufacture and import boats and marine equipment or provide services nationwide.
Ticket purchasers will receive a full refund through iTICKET. More details available at ticket.co.nz