Superyacht with connections to Jeffrey Epstein in Auckland

Staff wouldn't say how long it's been here or who is on board, but a superyacht with connections to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has docked in Auckland's viaduct.

The 58 metre Dancing Hare, previously owned by media mogul Robert Maxwell, has been in New Zealand since January, and spent time in Dunedin and Wellington.

It was previously named Lady Ghislaine after Maxwell's daughter, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell is currently on the run and wanted for questioning by US authorities over her links to disgraced financier Epstein. Recent media reports have her hiding out in an apartment in Paris.

Superyacht The Dancing Hare berthed in Auckland's Viaduct Marina.
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Superyacht The Dancing Hare berthed in Auckland's Viaduct Marina.

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Epstein died from an apparent suicide in August 2019.

Staff on the boat declined to speak with Stuff, and wouldn't confirm who was currently aboard.

The yacht previously docked in Wellington and Dunedin.
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The yacht previously docked in Wellington and Dunedin.

However, it is currently sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands, and is registered to a company named Touille, based in Vallauris, France.

It's former owner, Robert Maxwell, died under suspicious circumstances in 1991 after disappearing off the yacht.

It was eventually ruled an accidental drowning after his body was found in the Atlantic.

Jeffrey Epstein Epstein died from an apparent suicide in August 2019.
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Jeffrey Epstein Epstein died from an apparent suicide in August 2019.

Before its Epstein connections, the vessel was built for one Emad Khashoggi, the cousin of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in 1986.

It was sailed from Sydney to New Zealand earlier this year and marina staff wouldn't say how long it would stay in Auckland for.

It is visible from Silo Park.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18:  Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women's Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women's Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)