Rache 4th April Bon Accord Harbour. Hauraki Gulf. NZ.

On Aotea (Great Barrier Island) we ‘tramped’ a beautiful day walk circuit (about 17 kms) up to the the top of Hirokimata (Mt Hobson). Thousands of stairs and speccy views as we climbed higher around the cliffs and up the ridges.  Our boat getting smaller and smaller beneath us.  We had a lovely day and it felt really good to be walking on land and exploring in the bush and we had a dip in the fresh creek on the way back down.

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 Kaiaraara Bay Aotea (Great Barrier Island)

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 Checking out the Old Kauri Log Dam on our way up Hirokimata.  Aotea.

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Miss Jarrah
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Jarrah and Khan going up anyway they can.
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Thought we were nearly there…but no still a looong way to go UP!
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Made it to the top of Hirokimata (Mt Hobson). Yay!
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Us and our boat – a dot of white in the bay way below. 
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Gotta love a swing bridge and there were many, this one instructed only 1 person at a time. 
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Jarrah and khan did fantastic walking and stair climbing, resorting to all fours when tired on some extra steep steps.  And then somewhat unfairly, they recovered far quicker than their ‘olds’, bouncing back with not a sore muscle in sight!
New Zealand so far continues to produce rugged and dramatic land rising sharply from the shoreline.  I can’t count how many times we’ve said “Just look at that!” or “How fantastic is that!” to a particular island or peak that has presented itself in front of us as we sail by or toward them. Then we snap lots of photos, hoping to capture just how magnificent the view is.  And of course the photos end up looking pretty mundane…trees and rock on a hill.  So lucky we have our memories…and you’ll have to come to see for yourselves!
We hired a car for a day and, gosh travelling at 50 k’s per hour feels soooo fast!!  I realised I really had no idea about the places we’ve been in relation to land based travel – sea charts yes, maps no.  Funny  then to find ourselves within an hour on land to where we’d sailed from over a week ago!
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Now we’re in safe hands with Jarrah at the helm.
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School work in the sun.
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2nd largest Kauri (widest girth at over 16 metres) at Waipu, during our car day trip. 
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 Sunrise. Aotea.  
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Jarrah and Khan have fun forming a kids’ gang when ever there is another kid.
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An ancient ‘lady of the waterfall’. Port FitzRoy Harbour. Aotea.
 So maybe we are settling into the kick back cruising side of our adventure.  There are too many  islands and bays and walks for us to have time to explore.  We have met many, many cruisers and we are but newborns when others talk of both their extended sailing and planned cruising time and destinations around the world.  Where cruising is a lifestyle choice not just for a year … Who knows we may just get inspired to continue?

 

5 thoughts on “Rache 4th April Bon Accord Harbour. Hauraki Gulf. NZ.

  1. Love hearing what you are up to. The descriptions and photos by you all are fantastic! Looks like very fun you are having. Loads of love from me xoxoxoxo

  2. Miss you guys…..don’t want to get soppy but Torquay isn’t the same without our favourite family. Rache- have found some fun trails at the back of aireys and anglesea…..can’t wait for you to join me x x x x

  3. Wow brilliant and amazing all wrapped up in one. It’s a shame on one hand that photos don’t capture the real life version of the wonderful sites, but your words and terrific pics are fantastic and give a real sense of your adventures. Khan looks almost younger if that’s possible with his hair cut. What a great walk, fun bridge and you all look so comfortable and happy as adventurers. Thanks for sharing, love u all. Simes n franks xoxo

  4. Hi Pirate Family,
    Ive been reading all of your blog whilst sitting in the comfort of my bed with a cat at my feet on a wet morning … very comfortable compared to your big and scary deep sea adventures! Im moved by your comittment to make it through and impressed with all the difficult decisions you have had to make to create a safe passage to NZ. Wow the highs must be high after the scary sicky bits! Looking forward to reading about more awesome adventures from everyone’s perspective. love Jo xx

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