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Superyacht Dancing Hare enters Otago Harbour yesterday morning on its way to Victoria Wharf, where it will be refuelled this morning, before departing for sea this afternoon.
It was yesterday moored behind locked gates where a security guard was posted.
The 58m yacht arrived in Akaroa from Sydney earlier this week.
Built in 1986, the yacht was bought from its original owner by British media mogul Robert Maxwell, who renamed it Lady Ghislaine after his daughter.
Ms Maxwell, a socialite who has not been seen in public for months, was a longtime associate of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
In 1991, Mr Maxwell (68) disappeared from the vessel and died.
The yacht was on-sold, renamed Lady Mona K and in 2017 Dancing Hare.
It had an extensive refit at Balk Shipyard in 2017-18, including a 4m extension of its sundeck, a refurbishment of its interior and an equipment overhaul and servicing.
The yacht, which cruises at 14 knots and reaches a top speed of 15.5 knots, can sleep up to 12 guests and has a crew of 13.
A company named Touille, in Vallauris, France, is listed as the owner of the vessel.