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Tagged With: Opua

new zealand ~ thru-hull sprung!

December 6 – 10, 2013 For the very first time, after a year and a half of cruising, we left the boat alone at anchor and departed town for the entire day.  Of course, this would be when a case of Murphy’s Law would have to occur, and a major problem would demand immediate attention . . … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ opua & paihia

November 19 – 28, 2013     It didn’t take long for us to settle into life in New Zealand.  We quickly found a good spot to remain anchored while we sorted out our thoughts and brainstormed new goals, as well as give our boat some much needed attention.  Many of our good friends were … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ let me shake your hand

November 18, 2013 Even though we were completely and utterly exhausted from our challenging 10 days at sea, our friends on Pacific Flyer convinced us to go for free rum punch and nibbles at the All Points Rally tent that evening.  Usually, once we’ve made landfall after a long passage, we try to power through … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ the official stuff

Novemeber 18, 2013 Haere mai ki Aotearoa!  That’s “welcome to New Zealand!” in Maori. Before we even left Neiafu (Vava’u) in Tonga, I emailed an Advanced Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 340) to New Zealand Customs.  This form is supposed to be sent at least 48 hours prior to arrival in New Zealand territorial waters.  On the government fact … Continue reading »

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