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Welcome to nzclassicboats.com   -the official site for the 
NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti, South Island. 

Ra Tangaroa (left) and  Max Cumming take Malolo for a spin on Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes.  Photo: Alan Doak. 

The dates for the next Show are Sat 3rd and Sun 4th March 2018 .

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Click here for a selection of photos from the 2017 event by Alan Doakhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/skinnylaveal/albums/72157681211120675


 2017 Show Results.

A Bay of Islands game-fishing fast boat last in the water in 1946 took out the top prize at this year’s NZ Antique &

Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park over the weekend. (March 4 & 5).

Over 130 clinkers, steam launches, classic motorboats, sailing dinghies and their owners enjoyed two days of

boating and chatting about boats, with the Jens Hansen trophy for best vessel overall going to ‘Malolo’ owned by

Max Cumming and Ra Tangaroa from Russell in the Bay of Islands. 

The 5.7m kauri fast launch was built in1929, taken out of the water in during the war due to fuel rationing,

relaunched briefly in 1946 and had sat in paddocks and sheds around the Bay of Islands until acquired by the

current owners in 2011. 

Max Cumming says with no photos of the original boat the restoration was based on the memories of four old boaties

who could remember going on ‘Malolo’, which was originally built to act as a ‘water taxi’ for game fishermen.

“We opted to go with a restoration that was faithful to the original build, which would have been done on the ‘smell

of an oily rag’ back in the 1930s when there was not much money around,” he said. “It’s not a glamour boat like a

Chris-Craft..not a blingy boat, so we kept true to that and went with painting the original kauri hull rather than

polishing it up.”

Judges’ spokesman John Harris said there was the usual high standard of boats entered, representing hours of work

in new builds and restorations from their passionate owners. 

“The winning launch stood out for the faithfulness of the restoration and the story behind it,” he said. “We were

impressed that it still had fittings like the brass holders for game fishing rods.” 


Other award winning boats were: 

Best New Craft: 15 foot Cracker Box craft, owned by Karelan & Greg Doran, Queenstown

Best Restoration Prize: 1920s clinker ‘Omerta’ owned by Wayne & Carol Edmonds, Nelson

Port Nelson Rowed Craft Trophy and People’s Choice Award: Gentleman’s rowing skiff Summer Wine owned by

Russell Smith of Petone

CWF Hamilton Jet Propelled Craft Trophy: 20ft Placecraft  ‘Goin' Places’ owned by John Derry of Blenheim

Johnson Family Sail Powered Craft Trophy: classic sailing dingy ‘Chase’ owned by David  Pinker of Nelson

Mathieson Jeffcott Motor Powered Craft Trophy 1895 fantail clinker steam boat ‘Blue Duck’ owned by Peter & Angela

Murton of Appleby

Outboard Motor Boat Prize: mini hydroplane ‘Lil Satan’ owned by Dion Blackler of Christchurch

Eventiac Award for the Best Themed Display: Electric powered rowboat ‘Mini Mojito’ owned by Todd Johnson of

Leithfield, North Canterbury

Ron Culley Steam Boat Trophy: Replica steam launch ‘Vital Spark’ owned by Peter Tait of Richmond

More info:

Pete Rainey – 021 747 383