Auckland - City
Auckland North Shore
New Zealand is a popular stopover on
most cruiser's trips across the Pacific - we liked it so much we stayed and
Cruisers coming to New Zealand from French Polynesia, Tonga, or Australia
generally approach the north end of the North Island and make their landfall
along one of the entry ports on the east coast. The options are:
- Bay of Islands - easy entry, lots
of anchorages, near small towns but no big cities. There is now a
marina in Opua.
- Whangarei - a 14 mile jaunt up a
shallow river - must do on rising tide, isolated anchorages on river and
sheltered marina in the heart of downtown.
- Whangaparaoa - at the north end of the
America's Cup course, site of Gulf Harbour Marina and access to small towns
but a little isolated.
- Auckland - the big smoke;
a city of 1,000,000 with all the conveniences and several marinas in town
and on the North Shore.
...take a look at the map and start exploring!
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Check-In Procedures - The
following procedures applied when we checked into Opua, Bay of Islands.
MAF Quarantine: www.quarantine.govt.nz
Temporary Import Form - All foreign yachts entering New
Zealand fill in a temporary import form. The duty for the yacht is
assessed and the amount declared on the form. This form can be used to
have the payment of GST on marine-related purchases exempted. You must
leave New Zealand within 12 months for this exemption to apply and to avoid
paying duty on the yacht. If you have purchased GST-exempt marine items,
the customs officer may ask to see these items installed on the yacht before
allowing you to leave the country.
Check Out Procedures -
- In order to expedite your departure, visit or notify Customs
24 hours prior to your leaving New Zealand in order to schedule your checkout time and
to obtain a certificate for duty-free fuel.
- On the day of departure, immigration and customs will visit the boat and
stamp passports and issue your departure papers.
- If you have any duty-free items to be delivered, they must be delivered or
be on board the boat for the customs officer to see.
- In some cases GST paid on items bought in NZ or imported
into NZ will be refunded by Customs when you leave the country. Pursue
this with Customs (some officials said it couldn't be done) until you
determine the exact process. We obtained refunds for GST paid on $US4000 of
equipment ordered from the US by persevering.