Here's some of the featured attractions to be found at the 2015 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

Matt Watson

World famous Kiwi fisherman Matt Watson is set to play a starring role at the 2015 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in Auckland in May.

The host of television’s top-rating ITM Fishing Show will give daily talks, share his experiences and interact with members of the public throughout the four-day show.

Matt and his team will create a special ITM Fishing Show Experience in the large area next to the Hutchwilco stand. In this area, show goers will be able to talk with and listen to Matt, see videos of Matt in action, talk to representatives of fishing advocacy group, Legasea and enter a special competition created just for the show.

“We want people to come to the show and tell us what they would like to see on future episodes of the ITM Fishing Show,” says Matt.

“We are looking for something really new and different to all the exciting things we have already done, so it will definitely be a challenge.

“However, if we do find an idea we like, the person who submitted it will be invited to come along and be a part of the show when we film it.”

Only those ideas submitted on the special competition forms in the Matt Watson’s ITM Fishing Show Experience area at the show will be eligible for the prize.

Matts Big Kingfish Backlit

Free Fishing Seminars

The popular Top Catch Ask The Experts Seminars will be back in the Fishing Hall for 2015. These free seminars run throughout the show with top fishing gurus sharing all of the latest tips, techniques and advice. Learn how to target and catch more and bigger fish, learn about the latest methods and find out how to improve your fishing.

Seminar

Youthtown Aqua Fun Zone

This one’s for the kids!

There are heated pools, experienced instructors and lots of fun things to do both in the water and out. Kids bring your togs and learn to snorkel, kayak and paddleboard in a safe environment. There will be windsurfing, surfing and sailing simulators, a kids’ fishing contest and the boat show’s famous colouring-in competition.

Kids-fishing

Big Boat Marina

The Big Boat Marina will be back for 2015 and bigger and better than ever. This is a great chance to check out some of the very best launches from top New Zealand boatbuilders. The boats are all “moored” stern-to the Big Boat Marina, with their cockpits facing into a raised, covered marquee.

Big Boat Marina

Club Marine Discover Boating Centre

A highlight every year, the Club Marine Insurance Discover Boating Centre is the place to go to discover how to get into boating in a safe and affordable way. Check out great boating destinations, and talk to experienced boating advisors.

Marine Club Discover Boating Centre

Big Game Simulator

Learn how to catch big game fish (such as marlin, tuna and kingfish) on the Decoro Sports Fishing Simulator. Experienced game fishers Dane and Gina Tapper will be on hand to offer advice, show you the latest techniques and answer any questions.

Decoro Big game Simulator

Tradeaboat Secondhand Boat Fair

Ideal for those looking to get into boating but not quite ready for a brand new boat. The Tradeaboat Secondhand Boat Fair features a wide range of quality secondhand boats all for sale at very competitive prices.

Tradeaboat Secondhand Boat Fair

60 Years of Boat Shows

The 2015 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will be the 60th time the boat show has been run at the ASB Showgrounds site. The show, the venue and, most importantly, the boats, have all changed enormously since the first show way back in 1956. Come along and check out those changes in our special 60th Anniversary Display.

1974 Boat Show with lake