In 2014, the Club Marine Discover Boating Centre will encourage both existing boaties and those considering becoming boaties to “live their dream”, get out on the water and make the most of their on-water experiences.
Thanks to the fantastic SeeandDoNewZealand videos, the Club Marine Discover Boating Centre will showcase some of New Zealand's best and most exciting on-water experiences and destinations on 5 large screens, while highlighting all the fun things that individuals, couples and families can do on, in and under the water.
In addition, Hauraki Gulf fishing guru Bruce “Captain Swish” Duncan will demonstrate how to catch snapper over the cooler winter months, how to correctly fillet fish and how to safely fish from the rocks.
Visitors to the Club Marine Discover Boating Centre will also be able to enjoy some fantastic islands’ cuisine and entertainment in the new Cook Islands’ café and check out the origins of Pacific boat building with the team from the Pukapukan Community Centre.
Kids bring your togs!
The Youthtown AquaFunZone is the perfect place for kids and their families. Children are encouraged to bring their togs and a towel and then hop into one of the heated pools. There they can learn how to swim, kayak and paddle board, all under the watchful eye of experienced Youthtown instructors. There will also be lots of fun, on-land activities for the whole family, with windsurfing and sailing simulators, model yacht racing, a colouring-incompetition and lots of fun challenges.
In conjunction with Weta Marine, a celebration of dinghy sailing in NZ
Check out New Zealand’s favourite sailing dinghies in the special new Dinghy Central display in Hall 6.
With classes from the entry level Optimists up to the thrill-a-minute 18ft skiffs all represented, this is a great chance to find out whether dinghy sailing is for you.
Presented with help from the team at Weta Marine, Dinghy Central will feature 24 different sailing dinghies. All will be fully rigged, accompanied by a detailed description and have at least one knowledgeable representative alongside.
Classes include Weta, Optimist, P Class, Javelin, PT, 420, 12’ and 18ft skiffs, RSX, Laser, 3.7, Starling, Zephyr, Elliott, Mistral, Jollyboat, Phase II, OK, Sunburst, A Cat, Europe and Splash and two classes especially for disabled sailors: the Liberty and the Skud.
There is something here for everyone from 8 to 80 so, if you or a member of your family is looking at getting into sailing (or getting back into sailing), then Sailing Central is the place to start.
Although the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is mainly a showcase of the latest makes and models of new GRP and aluminium boats, we do allow pre-approved exhibitors to display a strictly limited number of high class second hand vessels. These are ideal for those looking to get into boating for the first time and are generally on sale at seriously competitive prices.
New for the 2014 show, the Big Boat Marina will feature some of the best and latest larger boats from both New Zealand and international manufacturers. All will be displayed Mediterranean style: "stern-to" the Big Boat Pavilion, complete with its covered walkway and presentation area, and able to be viewed at cockpit level.
The Kiwi racing sub taking on the world!
Be among the first in the world to see the Kiwi racing submarine, Taniwha.
Designed and built by the Biometrics Lab at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (www.abi.auckland.ac.nz/taniwha), Taniwha will head from the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show to Portsmouth, England. There, in the largest swimming pool in Europe, it will compete in the second European International Submarine Race in July (www.subrace.eu).
Taniwha and its design and racing team will be on the Dive New Zealand stand in the Hauraki Fishing Hall throughout the show.