20 years on the water!

Barry 2018-06-15

This year the Auckland On Water Boat Show celebrates its twentieth anniversary. Held at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour Thursday, September 27 until Sunday, September 30, 2018, New Zealand's premier marine showcase promises more of everything this year. 

More boats; more marine diesels, outboard engines and ancillary equipment; more jet-skis, marine electronics and safety equipment; more lighting, electrical systems and services. More great deals.

The very first Auckland On Water Boat Show opened its gates at Viaduct Basin in 1999. Called the Auckland International Boat Show, it was an initiative of the NZ Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine) - then called the Boating Industry Association - and proved extremely popular with exhibitors and the boating public.

With every subsequent event, NZ Marine has striven to provide more and better exhibition space, both on and off the water. As it matured the show soon outgrew its original venue, moving across to the other side of Viaduct Harbour and undergoing various layout changes to accommodate more and larger boats and more exhibitors on dry land.

The usual Viaduct Harbour site will host the 2018 Auckland On Water Boat Show, with no disruptions expected after Emirates Team New Zealand's announcement it will use the ANZ Viaduct Event Centre, home to many of the boat show's undercover exhibits, as its America's Cup base.

"It will be business as usual for this year's boat show," says show organiser Stacey Cook, "and NZ Marine will work with Emirates Team New Zealand to ensure the best outcome for exhibitors and the public at 2019, 2020 and 2021 events."

This year's Auckland On Water Boat Show has already attracted keen interest from the New Zealand boating industry, with exhibitor spaces mostly sold out. NZ Marine is expecting more than 200 New Zealand and international businesses, including marine engine and electronics suppliers, to exhibit this year, making the upcoming show one of the biggest in the event's 20-year history.


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