See the city different
See where the past still happens today
America’s Cup. Round the World Challenges. Sir Pater Blake. Grant Dalton. Westhaven Marina and the Viaduct Harbour. Auckland’s waterfront is the cradle of New Zealand’s legendary place in worldwide boating circles.
One name that isn’t so widely known is that of Mr Percy Vos. On the western edge of Wynyard Point, behind an unassuming façade, you’ll find the now mothballed Percy Vos Boat Yard. To those in the know, the name "Percy Vos" is synonymous with skill, craftsmanship and innovative boat design. Many of New Zealand’s finest vessels were built in the Vos Boatyard, the last place in the country to build wooden boats. The shed and slipway are still in much the same condition as when the famous yard finally closed its doors in 1994. The machines and tools are all still there and with evocative smells preserve the ambience of a boat yard where the wonderful boatbuilding timber, Kauri was transformed into beautiful boats. Today, Panuku Development Auckland is working with the Percy Vos Charitable Trust to revive this historic boatyard and convert it into a public space; a working Maritime Heritage centre. The boatyard, in the heart of Auckland’s marine precinct will join other cherished heritage sites across Auckland’s waterfront. The chance to see, smell and participate in wooden boat building as well as learn more about Percy Vos will resonate with Auckland’s role as the City Of Sails.