NZ Marine Industry Association has announced they have secured The Cloud and Shed 10 on Queens Wharf and Eastern Viaduct and adjacent water space in the Viaduct Harbour for a major Auckland Boat Show 7 to 10 October 2021.
“Looking ahead to 2022 and future years, the NZ Marine Board of Management has approved the Boat Show Policy Committee’s recommendation to move the show back to its original March date”, says Garry Lock, President, NZ Marine Industry Association
However, he added that this is subject to the MIA gaining a suitable show venue within the Viaduct Harbour/Quay St area in March 2022.”The only reason we moved from our original March date several years ago was due to the show venue not being available due to the then Volvo Ocean Race utilising all the available space,” says Lock.
The reason for the show’s proposed move to late summer/early autumn is so that the industry can capitalise on the warmer and settled weather at that time of the year and provide sufficient lead time for exhibitors to fulfil orders taken at the show over the autumn, winter and spring period.
“A show in March also provides us the great opportunity to promote “boating as a lifestyle”, says Lock.
With the recent Viaduct Harbour expansion, including new marina and buildings for the Prada Cup and America’s Cup, the MIA are confident that this will give them facilities where boat demonstrations and boating clubs can use the water space to promote the many forms of boating.