BY APB STAFF on 15 Feb 2022

It is the third year in a row the event has been cancelled due to Covid

Auckland Boat ShowThe 2022 Auckland Boat Show, which had been set to take place in March, has been cancelled.

Organisers say that it has become increasingly unlikely Auckland will be in the ‘Orange Level’ of Covid restrictions needed for the planned 17-20 March show to run successfully. Exhibitors and organisers together agreed that the only option was to cancel the show. It is the third year in a row the event has been cancelled due to Covid.

New Zealand’s only on-water boat show attracts thousands of visitors over four days in central Auckland. This year, the event was to include the build of a made-for-purpose show marina in Jellicoe Harbour, previously the America’s Cup team bases, which was to begin in late February.

“The set up for the show was scheduled to start in the next couple of weeks but, with New Zealand likely to be at Red Level of its Covid-19 framework, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show; the third consecutive time it’s been necessary to cancel over the past couple of years,” said organiser, Stacey Cook.

“Over 1.4 million New Zealanders go boating every year, so being on the water is part of our DNA. We’re devastated we won’t be able to share the latest in technology, equipment and new boat and engine models with visitors. It’s a huge loss to Auckland and to New Zealand,” said Cook.

Exhibitors were supportive of the decision to focus on the next edition of the show, organisers say, with the unanimous agreement of cancellation during Friday’s meeting.

The New Zealand marine industry has enjoyed strong performance over the last couple of years, with local order books full as New Zealanders turn to their own lakes, rivers and oceans to enjoy the best of their backyard through the pandemic.

“We were delighted to hear from many of our exhibitors this morning of how busy they have been, with sales and services at a near all-time high,” added Cook.

“There has been a very strong pre-owned market, which has gathered momentum over the last two years with more kiwis remaining at home and wanting to get out on the water locally,” says Dominic Lowe of Multihull Solutions.

“This has resulted in fewer numbers of available pre-owned vessels throughout the industry, and now we are now seeing a dramatic increase in enquiry for new vessels.”

The Auckland Boat Show is run by the NZ Marine Industry Association for the benefit of its 500 members who manufacture and import boats and marine equipment, or provide services nationwide.

The show will return in early 2023; from 9-12 March.

Ticket holders will have their tickets automatically transferred to the 2023 show or will be able to receive refunds from iTicket; with more details available directly from iTicket soon.