Two boaties on board a stricken yacht off the Whangarei coast have been airlifted to safety.
But not before they tried to sail back to Whangarei Harbour on Sunday night in the dark.
As a result, they hit rocks near Taiharuru.
They ignored advice to anchor overnight at the Poor Knights Islands.
Their 12-metre yacht's steering and navigation equipment was damaged in rough weather at the weekend.
Major swells and bad weather hampered attempts to winch the pair out or tow them home.