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1. Posted by grumpydude (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Right. I want to investigate travelling by sea (not a cruise) from somewhere (don't care) in NZ to somewhere in Oz (don't care, but prefer Brissie if poss). Anyone have any clue where I should start looking. The travel period would be July-August. Not sure even if this is possible weather wise.

Any ideas? Can't find anything on google, but my search terms and phrases aren't great.

Cheers,
andrew

2. Posted by qwerty1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Sorry, but to my knowledge there is nuthin'. Its a LONG way anyway. 3 hours in a jet = days at sea.

3. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

I have no idea but it took us 4 days to sail from Scotland to Sweden, whereas it would take 2 hours with a plane. What I mean is that it can't be to long a trip even if you would be sailing. Exciting! Let us know if you find something.

//Susanna

4. Posted by DanniB (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

hey!
oh tahts sounds awesome! i cant tell you how many times ive been sailing between pitwater and sydney harbour and thought that NZ is just over there and all id have to do is tack the boat......
just wondering if you have any sailing experience? like a competent crew certificate or an inshore skippers? maybe an off shore skippers??
ok a few websites....
www.ybw.com - dont no how helpful that one will be..
www.boatingoz.com.au - that one might help more..
or maybe call some of the yacht clubs like the Crusing Yacht Club of Australia (they organise the sydney to hobart race) or the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at kirribilli (sorry i dont really know about brissy clubs...) and ask if they know anyone who is doing the trip and may need some crew. or try some of the NZ yacht clubs...
hmm thats all i can think of off the top of my head. but its definatly do able. people are making the trip quite often and always need crew. or have you thought about yacht delivery? some of the big companies (like sydney yachts) import boats and might pay you to do the trip... if you have enough experience.
but my suggestion for sailing NZ to OZ in july - have some damm good offshore wet weather gear, warm thurmals, a warm sleeping bag and a good harness. :D
qwerty1 is right its a long way... but if i had a spare week and some spare cash, i cant think of a better way to spend it.
i dont think ive ever said this much before at one time in my life. so i think ill stop.
sounds fantastic! have fun! be safe
Danni

5. Posted by DanniB (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

hey me again,
i had another thought (other than jealousy :) cause ive had lots of those thoughts)
there might be a deal between yacht companies in oz and nz like there is for cars. like how you dont have to return the car where you hired it from... well if you can convince them that you have the requried skills and the cash maybe you can hire the boat and arrange your own crew.. i have no idea if this is possible but i thought it might be worth a mention.
but its possible so just keep trying and googleing. maybe for general sailing websites that have a discussion forum?
Danni

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

Quoting grumpydude

Right. I want to investigate travelling by sea (not a cruise) from somewhere (don't care) in NZ to somewhere in Oz (don't care, but prefer Brissie if poss). Anyone have any clue where I should start looking.

Where to start looking? A shop that sells swimming trunks maybe!

7. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 10y

You can go on the roll on roll off Ferries, Tasman Venture, Tasman Enterprise,they sail from Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty. Cabins are limited, food is good, but you look after yourself in many cases, not a bad price either.