Covid forces another boat show to cancel as New Zealand hit

The 2021 Auckland Boat Show has been cancelled due to New Zealand Government Covid-19 restrictions.

“New Zealand’s longest-standing on water-based boat show was scheduled to open on 7th October, but with uncertainty on which restriction levels will be in force at that time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show,” says organiser, Stacey Cook.

The build of the show, including a made-for-purpose show marina, was to begin in two weeks time, but due to uncertainty around changing covid restriction levels, cancellation was deemed the best course of action.

“With over 1.4 million New Zealanders going boating every year, boating is a way of life for many and we know that the boating public will share our disappointment in not being able to see and experience the latest in technology, equipment and new boat and engine models on offer at the now-cancelled show,” says Cook.

“However, boaters can visit to view the latest boats and products from companies that were to exhibit.”

The show is aiming to return in early 2022, running from 17 to 20 March.

Cook says exhibitors were supportive of the decision to focus on the next edition of the show.

“Agree completely with the decision. Let’s put as much as we can into March’s show and make it as big as we can,” says Dean Horgan of R Marine Flagship.

“We love attending this show and sea-testing on the water but it totally makes sense to cancel for this year. Bring on the March show,” adds Luke Ogle of Blackdog Cat.

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