We left Neiafu in the northern Tongan islands of the Vavau group on the
afternoon of Monday the 17th. October, heading 1200 NM due south to the Bay of
Islands in New Zealand.
This is a passage which we had viewed with some trepidation, as it can
often be difficult. But we had a good 7 day forecast, and in the event it
proved to be an excellent trip.
4 days out and it’s getting colder!
After 6 and a half days with 15-20 knots on the beam the whole way, the
North Island comes in
to view and David hoists the NZ courtesy flag and the yellow quarantine
flag. Having David
join for the trip meant the luxury of 3 hours on 6 hours off on night
At the customs wharf in Opua – 6 and half days on passage, our second
fastest passage even though we slowed down at night for comfort.
We hired a car and did some sightseeing with our friends Marion and Conor
The town of Russel, oldest British settlement in New Zealand.
Third on the right is the
magnificent old hotel.....
...with beautiful timber interior.
View across the bay from the hills above Russel.
The Opua Marina and customs wharf is across the bay to the left.
The Town Basin on the river in Whangarei, a popular place with visiting
The waterfall at Whangarei.
The magnificent scenery of the Tutukaka coast.
Alpacas at the local country show.
Judging the calves.
Loading oysters at Opua Marina.