2019-New Zealand

Whistler to Whistler

After almost 3 months of skiing every day in Whistler, BC, and socializing with friends, we traveled back to our beloved S/V Whistler in NZ. We needed to spend a night in a Vancouver airport hotel to make our morning flight. We made the best of it, with good friends joining us for dinner. The [...]

By | March 9th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|0 Comments

Waiheke Island Visit

From Auckland, it was a pretty easy day trip to Waiheke Island. We sailed around the western shore and anchored in Oneroa Bay. Oneroa Bay, Waiheke Island After reading our blog, a Kiwi living on Waiheke contacted us. Simon was interested in buying or building a catamaran. He saw Whistler was in the Auckland area [...]

By | April 11th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|6 Comments

Coromandel & Great Barrier Island

Leaving Waiheke Island for the Coromandel, we had sun but no wind so we motored across the Hauraki Gulf. Glassy conditions in the Hauraki Gulf We anchored in Te Kouma Harbour, just south of Coromandel Bay. The surrounding hills appeared to be cow pasture though we also saw some geese. Weather wasn't great so we [...]

By | April 29th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|7 Comments

Boat projects (Whangarei)

Living the dream does require some work now and then. Here's what goes on to keep Whistler in offshore cruising condition. First on the agenda was to haul out at Norsand or Marsden. We knew Norsand well but Marsden was a newer option after purchasing a trailer and setting up a yard with several trades [...]

By | May 24th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|11 Comments

Boat Projects (Opua)

We headed north to the Bay of Islands, anchoring for a night midway at Mimiwhangata Bay. Don't get tired of the Mauri names! Approaching Hole in the Rock at the entrance to the Bay of Islands. WARNING: For those non-yachties, this blog is about the boat maintenance we did in Opua. The next blog may [...]

By | May 28th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|4 Comments

Cape Reinga

We took a Saturday off from boat jobs and drove from the Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga. It took a long time (about 4 hours). We had been told by a friend to take #10 but thought we should take #1 Hwy, being the main highway. Besides, we had driven sections of #10 before [...]

By | May 28th, 2019|2019-New Zealand, Uncategorized|5 Comments

Social Side of Bay of Islands

Opua, Bay of Islands Lots of cruisers were now assembled in Opua looking for a window for sailing north to the tropics or west to Australia. A few informal meetings were scheduled to discuss cruising plans for the season and exchange boat and crew names and email addresses. A well-attended weather seminar was also held [...]

By | May 29th, 2019|2019-New Zealand|2 Comments