Twenty one years of the Auckland On Water Boat Show
The Auckland On Water Boat Show is run by a small team from the NZ Marine Industry Association and is designed solely to promote and further the cause of New Zealand’s marine industry. It’s a not-for-profit show that pushes funds back into the industry for its betterment and growth.
Since 1998, it’s been helping show-goers discover the latest in innovative products and vessels and helping companies make quality connections with both customers and other members of the industry.
Over the years, the Auckland On Water Boat Show has evolved to become a comprehensive representation of New Zealand’s marine market. From its beginnings, the show has grown to take in the commercial sector, fishing seminars, trailer boats and a host of other vessels, and accessories while retaining its status as New Zealand’s largest on-water boat show.
New this year will be the way the show is staged, with it expanding around the inner Viaduct harbour to create new layouts for businesses to present their products and services to commercial customers and the consumer. Pavilion buildings will house on-land exhibitors and vessels will spread around the Viaduct to create a buzzing marine hub in the heart of Auckland.
Within those pavilions will be a spread of equipment providers and B2B companies which use the show as an opportunity to meet with their customers and suppliers and make the most of having the industry in one place.
This year’s event will see greater access given to boats available for sea trial, meaning interested buyers will be able to get onboard and head out to the Hauraki Gulf to experience vessels underway.
In its 21 years, the show has never rested on its laurels when it comes to the factors which set it apart. Maintaining a large on-water presence, attracting high quality exhibitors, and focusing on positive outcomes for those exhibitors remain the priorities.
The upper size limit of vessels displayed is steadily increasing in line with market demand and an extremely large display of RIBS at the show caters to the fishing, diving and tender market alongside trailer boats.
What hasn’t changed over the years however, is the essential flavour of this show which emphasises quality and innovation.