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PASSAGE FROM OPUA NZ TO SAVUSAVU FIJI

After two false appointments with New Zealand Customs, we thought we finally had a stable weather window to get to Minerva Reef North and confirmed our departure from Opua, Bay of Islands NZ for Wed 22 May. We were busy the few days before departing, now with a solid departure date. We subscribed to Chris …

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Ted’s new job- Preparing Southern Star for the South Pacific

When I ‘retired’ from my job at Garmin at the end of the year, I pictured spending time on the boat doing those projects that have been on my ‘To Do’ list forever. This included polishing the flybridge cowling, re-painting the aluminum door frames, re-finishing the teak cap rail in the cockpit, and having a …

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Blog Nov 2023- Re-retirement

Life Ashore- Looking back through Southern Star’s blog- WOW it has been almost a year since our last post. Working life gets in the way of boat life. Life’s routines change from watching for weather windows to checking ferry schedules. The work week fills our time, interspersed with weekends, where we hope to do some …

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Southern Star One year in Auckland

We greeted Southern Star at her Viaduct Marina berth in downtown Auckland on 27th August 2021. She had just been offloaded off of the yacht transporter Happy Dragon, after an eventful and lengthy voyage from Newport Rhode Island (see our earlier post https://southernstarnz.com/index.php/2021/09/17/southern-star-arrives-home/). NZ had just been put into Level 4 lockdown – essentially a …

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SS skytower

Southern Star arrives home

Auckland- Sept 2021 Seems a lifetime ago, that we put Southern Star on board Happy Dover in Newport Rhode Island to send her back to Auckland, and back home. The story began here, https://southernstarnz.com/index.php/2021/02/15/3-months-in-nz-and-still-no-southern-star/ Well, it’s been 10 months now, and Southern Star has finally arrived back in New Zealand. Unfortunately, Happy Dragon the new …

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auckland skyline

3 months in NZ, and still no Southern Star…

3 months in NZ, and still no Southern Star… https://photos.app.goo.gl/3CaSrXz3u2KSjcdp9 It was three months ago today that we exited our two week quarantine (MIQ) in Christchurch after arriving back from the US. We stayed on a few days in Christchurch with Jenny’s mum, and spent our first day of freedom running around organizing NZ mobile …

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Christchurch- Novatel

HAERE MAI AOTEAROA – WELCOME HOME TO NEW ZEALAND

We had made a bid with Air NZ to upgrade to their Sky couch, which would guarantee the middle seat between us would be unoccupied, and which also converts to a flatbed just big enough for two. We kept checking online, and despite there still being vacant Sky couch seats showing, and also around 15 …

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Shipping News

Our dream; our plan has always been to enjoy cruising Southern Star along the US East Coast, through the Bahamas, and to eventually cruise her south, through the Panama Canal and onward through the Pacific and eventually to our home, New Zealand. https://photos.app.goo.gl/XySFBcFX4U5E8x4K6 As you have journeyed with us through our blog and Facebook posts, …

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