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Super yacht visit cancelled

The super yacht the MV Island Escape was expected to come into Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay around midday today on its maiden voyage around New Zealand.

However, Eastland Port confirmed that the trip had been cancelled due to bad weather.

The MV Island Escape is a 53.5-metre yacht with a helideck, jacuzzi and two luxury tenders.

They planned to tender the passengers into the harbour basin depending on the weather.

A tour had been organised with local tour company Brews and Vinos Wine Tours, where they were to be collected by coach from the port and taken to four of Gisborne's hot spots.

The tour would have included a visit to Titirangi Kaiti Hill to view the city, then visit Tairawhiti Museum for a guided tour and finally a visit to Wrights Vineyard and Winery.

The yacht arrived in New Zealand waters on January 1 from Vietnam where it was built.

It will head to Australia in April.

MV Island Escape can hold 32 passengers in 17 cabins and has 14 crew on board.

The yacht has all the necessary approvals to operate in New Zealand from the ministries of Health and Immigration.

A ministry spokesperson said the vessel has been granted an exemption to enter New Zealand under clause 11 of the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border) Order (No 2) 2020, for the purpose of delivering the ship to a business, as the vessel was only carrying crew — no passengers are aboard.

“All vessels given an exemption under the Maritime Border Order must isolate onboard for at least 10 days and must be authorised by a Medical Officer of Health or Health Protection Officer before disembarking the vessel. To authorise a person to disembark, the Medical Officer of Health or Health Protection Officer must be satisfied the person has met the period of isolation, meets low risk indicators (which include returning a negative Covid-19 test), and has not had any symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 10 days.”