Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand
Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd March 2019
At 640m above sea level it’s New Zealand’s highest altitude boating event, with the fine craftsmanship and unusual entries continuing to attract the crowds.
Organiser Pete Rainey boat owners are willing to admit it is a bit mad to hunt down old clinkers abandoned in sheds and spend years sanding, polishing and tracing boat history and boat bits.
“Over the years we’ve seen different styles to the fore…sometimes it’s been jet boats, sometimes clinkers and now we’re seeing a real interest in the big classic speed boats from mid 19th century, some imported and some New Zealand built,” he said. “The consistent factors are the enthusiasm from boat lovers for a day out sharing their projects, the attraction this has for the wider public, and the really glorious setting on the shore Lake Rotoiti with the backdrop of the St Arnaud range and Mt Robert.”
As the venue is in the National Park and close to the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project dogs are banned. Drones are also banned.
Displays on land in the morning and events on the lake in the afternoon, both days.