None of the above. Today we are in Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand. Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Pete Rainey, we are getting the opportunity to see some images of antique & classic boats from the other side of the world. And based on what we can see, the antique & classic boating hobby is alive and well in New Zealand. The 12th Annual NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show is on deck for this weekend, and in Pete’s words…
“We are running the NZ Antique and Classic boatshow this Saturday and Sunday here at Lake Rotoiti about 300 miles north of Christchurch which has suffered the most devastating earthquake last Tuesday (as I’m sure you know). Many from Christchurch are coming to the show to find solace and lift spirits.”
“Classic boating makes a difference to peoples lives!!”
With that said, we thought it would be fun to travel down to New Zealand for a few days (via the Internet) and check out another part of the world, and experience first hand how they do it down there. But first, a quick geography lesson. Lake Rotoiti is located in Nelson Lakes National Park, just south of Nelson which is located in the top Northwest Corner of the South Island.
New Zealand is a small country of approximately 4 million people. It is made up of 2 main islands, the North Island, which contains the majority of the population and the South Island, which abounds with lush scenery. This is the ideal country for a holiday. A pocket of paradise in the top northwest corner of the South Island, Nelson has a positive, creative attitude to life – and it’s easy to see why. To learn more about the area, you can click here to go to the Official New Zealand website.
Inspiring landscapes and all kinds of creativity – The region, which is the sunniest in New Zealand, has for many years attracted residents who love to use their imaginations. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, including traditional and contemporary Maori artists. Their work is often inspired by the region’s exceptionally beautiful geography – coastal, forest and valley landscapes provide places to wander and dream.
The 12th Annual NZ Classic & Antique boat show looks to be very different from what we are used to in North America. It’s truly a celebration of all things boating, and appears to reflect the unique lifestyle that the folks in New Zealand embrace. Something for the whole family… and I think the whole family came together in the “O. Rat” the white clinker below. That looks like fun! On the web site they refer to the event as ‘Glorious Hydromatic Relaxation’.
Our new friend Pete Rainey e-mailed us this boat show outline which highlights the diversity of the big event this weekend.
N Z Antique & Classic Boat Show
Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes
South Island, New Zealand March 5 & 6 2011
Clinkers, canoes, classic sail boats, seagulls, inboard clinkers, runabouts, classic hydroplanes and race boats, steam launches, old fiberglass boats and their owners come together for three days of classic boating, display, talk and the odd race. Set in the stunning setting of St Arnaud township nestled on the edge of beautiful Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand
For Information including accommodation, boat registration, and weekend activities contact Pete Rainey (00643)5456591, PO Box 568 Nelson, email: [email protected]
Here’s a link to their website at NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show
But before you go there, check out some of these cool images from the last few years of the event. There are boats of all sizes and types that gather for the show, and some very different boats, which is what makes this event so interesting. For example… “Three Nought Three” is a 1953 Glen L design with fins.
In 2010 the new award for Best Steam Boat went to the 24’ R Sewell Steamboat, “Billy Boy” owned by Gavin Bain of Lyttelton. This award commemorates Ron Culley, one of the earliest attendees of the show who is no longer well enough to take part.
“Belvedere” won the award for Best Overall in 2002.
Sailing is a big part of the weekend’s activities, and the crowds came out to watch in 2010.
Here’s fellow Woody Boater and 2011 Boat Show Organizer Pete Rainey getting ready to go out in his hydro. We have Pete and Alan Doak from Borderdogstan / Flickr to thank for the wonderful images from New Zealand both today and tomorrow.
In 2006 Alan Doak captured some images of this fellow who was determined to set a new trend for human powered boating at the boat show. A floating bicycle… It looks like he just came from a wedding in Wellington… Could he be a mate of fellow Woody Boater Phil Andrew’s? Phil – are you there?
Stay tuned to Woody Boater tomorrow for Part 2 of our trip to New Zealand… I guarantee you will see some wooden boats like you have never seen before. And then stay tuned for our live-ish report directly from the 2011 NZ Classic & Antique Boat Show on the weekend, Pete Rainey is now officially our NZ South Island Roving Reporter joining with Philip Andrew, Woody Boater’s North Island Roving Reporter! Hey wait, how come these guys get all the good assignments?
And lets all take a minute to think of the folks in Christchurch this week.