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Antique & Classic Boat Show


Sat 7 Mar 2015, 9:00am–4:00pm
Sun 8 Mar 2015, 9:00am–3:00pm

Where: Kerr Bay, Lake Rd, St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Jacquetta Bell

At 600m (2000ft) it’s the highest altitude boat show in New Zealand, with mountain scenery that makes a perfect backdrop.

The action is on the foreshore of Lake Rotoiti at Kerr Bay, framed by the twin St Arnaud and Spencer Range’s – one of the most stunning settings for a show of this kind anywhere in world. That, and the classic beauty of old wooden clinkers, replica steamers and classy speed boats makes this show really something special.

From early morning on both days of the weekend you can wander around the boats on land, chat with the owners, view displays with stories of restoration and rebuild and then watch the races on the lake in the afternoon. These are more fun than serious - from the slightly chaotic sail-past to the Seagull dinghy race with its Le Mans start, nearly always with a couple of motors that won’t start, and last year there was a surprise entry from a cheeky boatie with two Seagulls mounted on his dinghy.