"The NZ govt likes to make sure you have all your safeties up to speed. Expect to comply with what ever the regulations
. I believe that all vessels must comply, not just NZ rego."
G'day, mates. The above is not correct. Only NZ flagged vessels must comply with the Category 1 certification
requirement to clear customs
Good advice above to head north and then over to the Aussie coast. Be patient, look for a nice high pressure system in the Tasman and use the SW winds early in the trip to head towards Brisbane and then pick up the trades to finish it off. On second thought, you might as well head to Fiji
and enjoy some of the islands before heading off to the the Aussie coast. All the best. Cheers.