New Zealand Update

Finally, a new blog entry! It’s not that we haven’t been doing anything interesting, it’s just that we thought we would save it all up and do one update. Our second season in New Zealand has been very different than last year. More sailing! Before we left the dock in January to go coastal cruising, we did the usual arrival maintenance, Liliane’s massage threapy treatments, karate, organized a crusiers Xmas party, New Year’s fireworks on the beach, organized a women’s self defence class, doctors appointments, catching up with old friends, etc etc. Click on the photos to enlarge.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALiliane performing on talent night at the All Points Rally in November. She won a nice dry bag.

IMG_0069 Womens self defence class. Due to popular demand, more classes coming in April

New Zealand offers great coastal cruising and terrfic trail walks. We first decided to sail to the northern tip of NZ. Beautiful anchorages up there and hardly any other boats. Feels like we had the place to ourselves. Then back down the east coast to the Hauraki Gulf.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABay of Islands

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABay of Islands

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pohutukawa tree, Cavelli Islands

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Trail walk, Cavelli Islands

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Morning mist at anchor

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Meikyo at anchor, taken from the top of the “Duke’s Nose”, Whangaroa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bad hair day, Whangaroa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We see these often. Still searching for that pot of gold.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Waipapa Bay

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Waipapa Bay, red sky at night……you know the rest

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Cape Brett lighthouse, after a very long trail walk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Cape Brett

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Refreshly cold dip during trail walk, Great Barrier Island

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Going to shore, Great Barrier Island

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Low tide, Great Barrier

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA View from a low tide cave

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Takahe birds, Tiritiri Island Bird Sanctuary. Very inquisitive and rare (only 200 left). We called them “Jurassic chickens”

Listen to the Takahe, they sound like they have a rubber ducky stuck in their throat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Full Moon setting in the morning

All good things must come to an end. Back to Opua for a busy month of work to get the boat ready to sail north to Fiji in May.

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