Missing man Alan Langdon and his six-year-old daughter Que were surprised by the flurry of media attention when their four-week voyage across the Tasman in a damaged boat came to an end yesterday.
Alan and Que Langdon happy to make landfall at Ulladulla Harbour in Australia afer the rudder on their catamaran broke just four days into a four-week journey across the Tasman.
A woman who saw Mr Langdon and his daughter arrive in Australia after weeks at sea on a damaged boat says they appeared in good spirits but were "quite wobbly" on dry land.
Mr Langdon and Que left Kawhia on the North Island's west coast in mid-December on a 6.4m catamaran.
After launching a search, police believed they had deliberately set sail for Australia, amid reports Mr Langdon was in a custody dispute with Que's mother.
Yesterday, they were spotted in the coastal New South Wales town of Ulladulla.
Mr Langdon told the Milton Ulladulla Times, who filmed Mr Langdon onboard once he had tied up, that the boat's rudder broke early in the voyage.
"We were always safe, we just couldn't let anyone know," he said.
"I tell you I learnt a lot about sailing."
Australian border agents had asked Mr Langdon to sail north to Port Kembla Harbour, while NZ Police are speaking with their counterparts across the Tasman about the situation.
A woman who saw the pair tie up in port yesterday said they appeared to be in good spirits.
"You could imagine it could be pretty frightening knowing you don't have full function of your boat, especially on something so small," the unnamed woman said.
"I think they were used to being on boats, they didn't seem too traumatised by it all. I could tell they had been at sea for quite a while, quite wobbly on the land."