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Sailpast at Antique & Classic Boat Show

Ticket Information

  • admission one or both days: $20.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Sat 2 Mar 2024, 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Sun 3 Mar 2024, 9:00am–4:00pm


All Ages

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A mountain backdrop, an altitude of 600m, an impressive line-up of classic racing boats, sparkling restored clinkers and veteran sailing craft…it’s a mix that makes the NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show a top favorite on the boating and events calendar, drawing boats from off-shore as well as historic local craft of to St Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

This year’s boat show runs to the successful formula of on-land boat and memorabilia displays both mornings, followed by the sail past and activities on the lake in the afternoons. There are races for all types of craft from jet boats to rowing skiffs, and a swimming race for the hardy.

Judging will take place on Saturday, ahead of an evening awards ceremony at the St Arnaud 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. There are other awards for best new restoration, best steamboat, best jet-propelled craft and best themed display, as well as prizes for race winners.

All boats will be checked for noxious aquatic weeds and oil leaks before entering the water, and boaties are reminded to help against the spread of freshwater pests didymo, landavia and the latest biodiversity threat, freshwater gold clams. As DOC has released Kiwi into the National Park very close to where the show takes place, no antique and classic dogs please!

The Nelson Regional Development Agency is proud to support the Antique & Classic Boat Show, which benefits communities right across Te Tauihu, attracting visitors from out of the region and showcasing Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park

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