We’ve arrived Opua, New Zealand/Aotearoa! Got in to the quarantine dock at 10am this morning (Monday, 27/11), local time – a run of exactly seven days. Approaching New Zealand this morning was magical, the landscape similar to the beauty of Marin headlands, Tiburon, with many small bays and anchorages and lots of sailboats. We travelled 1065 nautical miles on a rhum line course of 1030 – so pretty good! Our average boat speed was 6.35 knots. Given that the first three days were on the slow side (light wind and motoring 17 hours), we’re pretty sure that the last three or four days were Anthea’s best daily runs ever. We were exceedingly fortunate to have wind all the way into Opua. Earlier predictions were for no wind from about 120 miles out, but a small smallish trough over the north tip of the north island created a bit of a pressure gradient that we were happy to utilize.
We’ve cleared biosecurity and are now waiting for customs to visit us. Many boats at quarantine dock, waiting for clearance; most seem to have just arrived from Fiji. We’ll get a slip here for a couple weeks or so.
Hard to believe we’re here, tied to a dock. New Zealand/Aotearoa has been a dreamed of destination for decades. We have a sense of accomplishment and thankfulness.