On to bigger things . . . Skipper Adam Hickey (left) on the pleasure craft Pelta at Careys Bay near Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
Is a member of the Murdoch family heading to the South
The 16m pleasure craft Pelta, which the Otago Daily Times
understands is owned by the Murdoch family, of News Corp and
21st Century Fox fame, berthed in Careys Bay near Dunedin
Skipper Adam Hickey said, when approached, the boat would be
at Careys Bay for a week before it moved on to Fiordland to
join a ''bigger boat'' from Auckland.
The boat would act as a day craft for those on the larger
He would not confirm the owner of the vessel or the name of
the boat it would be joining.
When asked if the owner of the vessel would be in Fiordland,
Mr Hickey said: ''Potentially''.
The vessel would spend about two and a-half weeks in
Fiordland before it was ''sent to the next destination,
wherever that might be''.
Rupert Murdoch is linked to the super yachts Vertigo and
Rosehearty. However, he is understood to have sold Rosehearty
earlier this year.
A Ports of Auckland spokeswoman said neither of the super
yachts was in port or scheduled to arrive, but it was common
for bookings for such boats to be made a day or two in
Vertigo and Rosehearty are available for public charter from
225,000 (about $NZ355,000) per week.