Show breaks new ground, gives away a boat a day!
Iconic show breaks new ground, gives away a boat a day!
New Zealand’s longest running and most popular boat show is proudly going where no other boat show has gone before. In what is believed to be a world first, organisers of this year’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will give away a brand new, fully kitted-out sports boat, worth over $30,000, on every single day of the four-day show.
In order to win, all visitors to the show have to do is collect stamps from the clearly-marked stamping booths around the show, fill in a few contact details and place their tickets in the entry boxes at the prize boat display. A winning ticket, from just that day’s entries, will be drawn every day.
Each gate prize boat package will consist of a Zodiac Pro7 RIB sports boat, powered by Yamaha 40hp outboard on Trailer Shop trailer. It will also be fitted with an Ology Sports Tower, a Raymarine marine electronics package and a high quality Fusion marine sound system.
Visitors to the show will also be able to look inside a real working submarine - and to win a ride in it!
Drydive is a new 3.6m submarine capable of carrying three people (including the skipper) to a depth of 35 metres. It is battery powered, weighs 2.1 tonnes, has a submerged speed of 3 knots and is capable of diving to 30-35 metres. The prize includes a trip for two in the submarine on Lake Taupo, accommodation and a meal.
Other attractions at this year’s boat show include seafood-cooking demonstrations and the unique chance to buy fresh seafood and have it expertly cooked (at no extra charge!) by renowned seafood cooking expert Derek the Chef.
In the Toyota Marine Finance Discover Boating Centre, there will be lots of information and entertainment for children and for those new to boating. There will be a colouring competition, fishing for chocolate fish in the giant pool and loads of fun activities.
There will also be lots of fishing seminars and displays including Ask the Expert, Soft Bait Seminars and Matt Watson from TV’s popular ITM Fishing Show. The show’s own Boating Guy will also be on hand to offer free, impartial advice on all aspects of boating, diving and fishing.
The huge range of new boats, engines, electronics and accessories will of course make up the bulk of the show which includes the largest fishing “supermarket” in the country. This year, for the first time, there will also be a display of high quality second hand boats for sale.
The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is the largest event held at the ASB Showgrounds and occupies nearly every square millimetre of the available space. The annual show is over 50 years old and attracts more than 30,000 paying visitors.
The 2008 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane Auckland on May 15-18 inclusive. Admission is $16 for adults and $6 for children from 5-13. Under 5s are free.
The show will be open from 10am to 9pm on Thursday and Friday and those attending after 5pm on these days will receive a free Bonus Card, giving then a second entry to the gate prize draw.
On Saturday and Sunday, the show is open from 10am to 6pm and on “Super Sunday,” each paying adult will be able to bring two children aged 13 or under to the show for free.