Thanks Paradix and Pacific Jewel for the information and encouragement. How rough was it when you crossed, PJ?
I've found the customs ports
of entry online here Customs Ports of Entry
and, you're right, PJ, there isn't much on the West coast
where one can legally enter NZ. But it would be possible to find places to shelter from heavy weather
without landing, right. Raglan or Golden Bay near Nelson come to mind.
Manukau doesn't feature on the list of ports of entry - although maybe it's counted under 'Auckland'? is it customs
stuff or geographical considerations that makes it difficult?
As far as ports of entry, on the West Coast, Nelson could be a good option though as well as New Plymouth, though, no?
And for the record
, once a yachtie told me to google
search for 'ports of clearance' I found this great website
which helped with details of international marinas in New South Wales and Queensland
. I'm gonna contact those marinas for leads.
I'll keep you posted!