|INDEX - NEW ZEALAND|
November 5 /04 to now
Most yachts cruising the South Pacific spend a cyclone season in New Zealand. We made landfall at Opua in the Bay of Islands where the cruising area is gorgeous, very reminisce of the Gulf Islands of B.C. After exploring the area, we sailed down the coast, up the river and made Whangarei our home for almost 6 months. We left the boat at the secure marina there and explored New Zealand by land, first the North Island, and then the South.
Listed below is the Index to Photos and Journals of our time in New Zealand
BAY OF ISLANDS AND NORTHLAND / Landfall Opua / Visit with Norm & Marianne / Road Trip / Bay of Islands Sail
BAY OF ISLANDS TO WHANGAREI / Army Bay, Motura Island and our passage to Whangarei
THE CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND
CHRIS' VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND
Hiking, Whangarei Falls, Abbey Caves celebrating Christmas & birthdays at Riverside Marina
Based in Whangarei we made Day Trips by car to beaches, caves, forests & museums.
NORTH ISLAND TOUR with Chris & Ali
DRIVING ROUTE-click to enlarge (then HOLD mouse on pic until icon appears & click icon again to expand)
We began on Coromandel Peninsula with its Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove; then Bay of Plenty to Tauranga
Inland to Rotorua with its thermal activity, volcanoes, geysers, mountains, and fun activities
From Hamilton to Raglan, surfers paradise, black sand beaches, and the backroads to Kawhia
The underground world of Caves, limestone formations, the Natural Bridge and waterfalls
Our fast trip back via Napier, along the beaches of the east coast & a visit to Auckland
Click to enlarge map to show the driving route we took touring the South Island. We began by traveling down the West Coast and spent 2 week circumnavigating the island, returning to Picton via the East Coast.
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