Boat Show Southland bringing exhibitors and the boating community together since 1993.
The Boat Show Southland was first held in the Centennial Hall Invercargill in 1993. The area for Exhibitors in 1993 was about 1350 sq meters. This has grown at about 20% per year and now covers an area of about 6000sq meters.
Attendances have grown from a few hundred in 1993 to about 5000 people, from a population of about 50000, at our last Boat Show. The Boat Show has moved from the Centennial Hall Invercargill to Stadium Southland, A large multi function venue. .
Boat shows have been held in the new rebuilt Stadium Southland in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The rebuilt stadium is a very modern and up to date venue for the Boat Show Southland. We now have a wide range of Exhibitors from all over New Zealand including all the Major National and Local Boat Builders and Exhibitors with products associated with the Marine Industry.
Boat Show Southland is proudly organized and run by the Southland Trailer Yacht Squadron.
The Boat Show Southland is organized by members of the Southland Trailer Yacht Squadron and is still run by current and past Squadron members, ALL volunteers. The Committee is made up from members from a wide range of occupation, but all have a common interest, Sailing.
Funds raised from Boat Show Southland are used to support water based activities and safety in Southland. Projects supported in recent years are:
Locator beacons for crew of Bluff Coastguard
Riverton Coastguard Repeater Station
Te Anau School Life Jackets
DoC Toilet on Dome Island Lake Te Anau
Donation to Manapouri Boat Club for bridge repairs to boat ramp Lake Manapouri
Purchase of Open BiC Dinghy for Marakura Yacht Club to encourage youth sailing