December 2017

Tuesday 5th

Pomare Bay, Bay of Islands

Our lovely, eldest daughter Rachel is with us!  Yesterday we hired a car and drove down to Auckland to meet her at the airport.  She will be with us until 22nd when we are all flying to Australia for Christmas and cricket.  Before that we’ll be hiring a camper van for a week to explore a bit of the North Island.

Our current anchorage is close to Russell, a small town on the east side of the Bay of Islands, a foot ferry ride from Pahia and the original Capital of New Zealand.

I think they may be Jacaranda trees, if so they have been introduced as they are native to Central and Soth America.

Friday 8th

Roberton Island

Captain James Cook, Royal Navy, navigated and charted these waters in the 1700s.  He explored the Bay of Islands and anchored off Roberton Island in the bay you can see below…

You can just make out Emma Louise to the right of shot, not the boat with the sail up.  Rachel and I took a hike to the viewpoint and it was well worth the effort.

Wednesday 13th

Moored off Bay of Islands Marina

We have just spent a lovely week exploring the southern half of the Bay of Islands.  Its not a huge cruising ground but has lots of good anchorages.  Dolphins are frequently seen and the fishing is great, or so I am told.  Emma Louise is being left here for about six weeks whilst we spend a week in a campervan and then fly to Australia to spend Christmas with my cousin George and his family.  Here are a few shots taken around the BoI in the last week…

The R Tucker Thompson, the Bay of Island’s own tall ship.
New Zealand Oyster Catchers.
Rachel and me on the Russell to Pahia ferry.
Russell waterfront.

We’ll be back on board in January.