There were about 360 Norwegians and 11 Swedes who wanted to try their luck in New Zealand. It was then an unknown land far away on the other side of the world. They left Norway on the 30th of May. After 3 1/2 months at sea, on September 15th in 1872 they finally arrived in the new country.
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The boat went from Tønsberg in Vestfold. This is a city in the south of Norway, on the western side of the Oslo fiord. That is why many of the Norwegian emigrants came from this area. Many came also from Glemmen and Tune in Østfold on the other side of the Oslo fiord.
On the return trip to Norway, Captain C. Berg had an accident and died. Replaced with a new captain, Carl A. Nordby, Høvding arrived at Napier for the second time on December 1, 1873, this time with 369 hopeful Norwegians.