Sunday, December 10, 2017

Whangarei

Had our last sunset at anchor for a while 
And the next day headed in to Whangarei Marina and had to go through a cool looking bridge
And tied up next to our own personal Christmas Tree!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mimiwhangata Bay

Next we went to Mimiwhangata Bay but even it was crowded. Had to share the beach with a family of Paradise Shelducks
Thought that since the beach was crowded I would swim off the boat. But 66 degree water makes for a short swim
But look what's for dinner!  Maybe I'll jump back in

Oke

As we were working our way to a little bay called Oke we almost got run over by a wild herd of dolphin 
But we managed to survive the trip and anchored just in time to get rained on
Took a hike and discovered why they call it the bay of Islands 
But we have to get moving on as the anchorage is getting a little crowded as another boat came in

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Bay of Islands

We are in an area called the Bay of Islands.  We left Opua and went over to Russell.  A pretty little town
We took a long hike and saw a pretty little bird that I thought was a Kiwi at first but was just a Weka
However Noelle earlier did not raise the main sail in a timely fashion and did have to be punished

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Opua

After clearing in at Opua we got up early the next morning 
And took a long hike through some beautiful country side
With some trees right out of Jurassic Park
With pretty birds
And an old train tunnel that miraculously made my halo more apparent than usual 

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Zealand

Left New Caledonia looking warm and tropical 
Arriving today in New Zealand, beautiful, but cool and cloudy 
We had a long (8day) voyage but did catch three tuna!

Friday, November 24, 2017

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