Curiosity sparked: $100m superyacht owned by 'screw king' docks in Wellington gallery

The deck of Vibrant Curiosity reveals the luxurious lounging area and swimming pool.
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The deck of Vibrant Curiosity reveals the luxurious lounging area and swimming pool.

A $100 million superyacht belonging to octogenarian German billionaire Reinhold Wurth ​ has berthed in Wellington Harbour.

Vibrant Curiosity docked at Queen's Wharf in Wellington on Sunday and is due out on Tuesday at 6pm.

The 85 metre, 2822 ton (2560 tonne) vessel, complete with a helicopter and launch pad, was built in 2009 and flies under the Union Jack flag of Great Britain. 

A $100 million super-yacht belonging to German screw magnate Reinhold Wurth berthed in Wellington harbour on Sunday.
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A $100 million super-yacht belonging to German screw magnate Reinhold Wurth berthed in Wellington harbour on Sunday.

The yacht can host 14 guests and 26 crew and if it were any bigger, it would need to be listed as a cruise ship, sources said. 

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Boasting a jacuzzi, seven suites and a private deck, Vibrant Curiosity has a rotating staff of 34 to keep it in ship shape for international voyages.

The interior is complete with a jacuzzi.
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The interior is complete with a jacuzzi.

It has been spotted in the icy waters off Helsinki to the tropical waters of Cairns and the Maldives.

Wurth, who is an avid flyer, was reportedly using Wellington as a base to explore the region since he docked on Sunday.

Dubbed the 'Schrauben-Konig', or 'Screw-King' the 81-year-old billionaire took over his father's screw business in 1954 and grew it into a global brand.

Vibrant Curiosity is an 85m, 2,822-ton vessel complete with a helicopter and launch pad.
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Vibrant Curiosity is an 85m, 2,822-ton vessel complete with a helicopter and launch pad.

According to Forbes, Wurth is the 141st richest person in the world, with a estimated fortune of $11b.

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He is also an avid art collector, with 15,000 works to his name.

The super yacht has been travelling around the South Island, including Fiordland and was seen in Nelson last month.

After departing Wellington, Vibrant Curiosity will head back to Auckland where the headquarters of Wurth New Zealand is based.

Wurth New Zealand Ltd has been operating for more than 20 years in New Zealand. The Wurth group has more than 410 companies stretching across 84 countries. 

The capital usually gets about four or five super yachts visiting each year during summer, Wellington regional harbourmaster captain Mike Pryce said.

There is not enough demand for a designated super yacht dock, but they usually anchor at Queen's Wharf because of its convenient location to access the city.

 - Stuff

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