2021 Lake Rotoiti Classic and Wooden Boat Parade – 175+ photos & videos



As promised todays WW story is a doozy, we travelled down to the lake very early on Saturday morning and were hosted by the clubs commodore Dave Wilson and wife Glenys, who own the magnificent 1947 Colin Wild built bridge-decker – Haumoana. The launch is kept at the end of the lawn at their lakeside property (photos below) – More details on Haumoana here https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/06/05/haumoana/

Dave lent me is ‘fishing boat’ – the f/glass runabout seen the photo below, to use as a photo boat for the parade – fingers crossed no one got a photo of me at the helm 😉

Close to 80 classic and wooden craft of all shapes and sizes – power, sail, oar and steam participated in the days events – starting with a parade that snakes around the waterfront properties and vantage points. Post parade every one heads off to Wairoa Bay for an old school boating picnic – being lake based, no issue with tides or anchoring, people just nudge up to the shore – perfect for checking out each others woody.

The afternoon activities had something for everyone – adults and kids activities (egg throwing, bucket diving for sweets etc) + lots of cool prizes to be won.Without a doubt its the best organised and executed boating event I have been to – very slick and the bonus – lots of nice friendly people – we like that 🙂

Enjoy the photos. As always – click photos to enlarge 😉 If I missed your boat, sorry but one boat and one camera can only be in so many places at one time  – next year.



Last weekend at the 2015 Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade – I spotted a boat in the parade that really caught my eye. Named Mako, owned by Paul Adams from Tauranga. There was no details listed for her in the parade directory so I asked the organisers if they had any details on hand. They sent me what Paul had supplied them – the copy below & a b/w photo – something tells me Paul has a sense of humour 🙂

“It is a narrow wooden boat with inboard motor, built of Kauri in 1924 at Okawa Bay Boatbuilders.
It is lacking maintenance ,so not presented as well as it should be!”

I took these photos at the picnic & you can see why she appeals to me.
Needs a little TLC but the bones are there.
Anyone able to shed some more light on her past?