Fiji to New Zealand
04 February 2012 | Tauranga, New Zealand
We left Momi Bay, Fiji on 24th November and motored the first 1 ½ hours and then we got the wind, an Easterly 25- 30 knots with 2-3 metre seas and in the first 24 hours we did 148 miles. The next four days we had anything from 5 to 18 knots with the odd few hours having to motor sail. We were coming back to New Zealand with a huge high and could not believe when on the afternoon of the 30th November the wind really picked up and for 2 days we had 25-30 kts, gusting 40 plus with 4 to 6 metre seas, was not nice at all and for two nights I did not do any watches. We had an easterly wind most of the way but it did turn to the south after we got past the Poor Knight Islands and we ended up motoring the last few hours into Marsden Point Marina, tying up there on Friday, 2nd December at 10.15am. Quarantine was already on the Pier so Customs, Immigration etc. were all completed in a very short time with no hassles. For all you overseas yachties who plan to come into New Zealand, Marsden Point is a great point of entry. The marina is fabulous and we had a great lunch and dinner at the fabulous restaurant that is there.