2017 date – Saturday 4 February
Waka will lead the way on 7 February as a flotilla of classic and wooden boats sail, chug, motor and paddle on Lake Rotoiti. The Classic & Wooden Boat Parade was started in 1998 to get Lake Rotoiti’s boats out of their sheds and on to the water. Over 70 boats joined the annual parade in 2013.
As a spectator, a patch of grass, sunscreen and sun hat are all you need (hopefully you can leave the umbrella in the car). You might get hungry when others bring out the baking so take morning tea or walk the short distance up the road to Okere Falls Store/Cafe.
If you’re like us and don’t know a clinker from an Albatross you can pick up some lingo from the commentary. We’ve never seen such a diverse range of boats on the water, sitting in the sun watching the parade was a fine start to a Saturday morning. Visit Wooden Boat Parade for more information.