Antique & Classic Boatshow


Sat Mar 05 2022 ()

WhereNelson Lakes National Park, St Arnaud, Nelson
RestrictionsAll Ages

NZ Antique & Classic Boatshow, Nelson Lakes National Park, March 5 & 6 2021

A mountain backdrop to a high-altitude classic boating event is just the beginning of the stunning visuals offered by the NZ Antique & Classic Boatshow, held annually for 22 years at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

The first event back in 2000 drew 35 boats, many of them home built clinkers and runabouts. Two decades on, entries are up to 150 and humble backyard boats now share space on the foreshore with the likes of a 1964 Riva power-boat once owned by former first lady Jackie Kennedy.

Billed as a weekend of ‘Glorious Hydromatic Relaxation’ there are displays on land from early morning and races on the lake in the afternoon, both days of the weekend.

The NZ Antique and Classic Boatshow is now in its 22nd year, and has built a reputation for slightly quirky fun, typified by the hilarity as boaties try to start their motors for the Seagull dinghy race with its Le Mans start.  

Judging is on Saturday, ahead of the evening awards ceremony at the Alpine Lodge. At stake is the Jens Hansen Trophy where the judges are after good looks as well as history, construction, and a boat with a story to tell.

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