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Boats on
the water

Discover the beauty of old classics or catch a ride with a sail, diesel, steam or electric boat. There will be over 30 boats on display at the Town Basin during the festival.


Experience stunningly beautiful yachts, steamboats and launches that present the best of old-school wooden boat building. The oldest boat in the fleet will be 150 years old! In addition to the old timber treasures, there will also be some more modern yachts and launches built right here in Whangārei, displaying what our local craftsmen have created. To round out the variety of vessels.

Ashore, you can view a number of smaller boats including wooden yacht tenders and club sailboats.

Boat rides

We are pleased to have harbour cruise launch, Waipapa, giving three free tours on each day 10.30am, 12.30am and 2:30pm. The steam boat Puke will be also offering rides for gold coin donation. Weather permitting there will also be an opportunity to try dinghy sailing. 

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R. Tucker Thompson

Northland’s own tall ship the R. Tucker Thompson will be docked amongst the display boats.

You can go aboard and view this iconic ship. They are offering a raffle to raise funds for their youth programme, Win a private charter – a sundowner sail for 47 people.


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