Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Wed 4 Jan 2017 23:03
36:49.26S 174:45.80E Bayswater Marina, Auckland
We booked into the Bayswater Marina for a week, giving us time to prepare Time2 for her long journey to Florida. (more about that later) Bayswater is on a peninsula in the Waitemata harbour, opposite the city. Auckland has two harbours, the other being the Manukau, which have strangely never been joined. Looking on my chart I estimate that a canal about 3 miles long, with some dredging could have joined these two harbours, making a cut right through the north island. But with those areas heavily built up, it is now too late. The city has a great ferry service which makes transport a lot easier than dealing with extreme road congestion.
We took a cycle around to the next town Devonport, which has a lot more hills than we anticipated, but was good to get some exercise. Its a very pretty town, with some gorgeous homes.
It was New Years eve, and we must have one of the best views in Auckland. We enjoyed a quiet evening on the back deck and watched the amazing fireworks shot off the Skytower
In between a lot of cleaning up and packing away, we also had a great time meeting old and new friends. Auckland is FULL of ex South Africans.
Cookie & Graham come for drinks Mike’s sister Shirley (visiting from SA) with Graham and Pam
Malcolm & Heidi show us the view from Mount Victoria
We also had a great day out to Matakana, with Andrew & Kerri, where we visited Morris & James who make some amazing huge handmade pots. It was very interesting to go through the whole process.
My Favourites! and a nice pub lunch to follow