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.
Kaiaraara Bay Aotea (Great Barrier Island)
Checking out the Old Kauri Log Dam on our way up Hirokimata. Aotea.
Jarrah and Khan going up anyway they can.
Thought we were nearly there…but no still a looong way to go UP!
Made it to the top of Hirokimata (Mt Hobson). Yay!
Us and our boat – a dot of white in the bay way below.
Gotta love a swing bridge and there were many, this one instructed only 1 person at a time.
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!
Now we’re in safe hands with Jarrah at the helm.
School work in the sun.
2nd largest Kauri (widest girth at over 16 metres) at Waipu, during our car day trip.
Jarrah and Khan have fun forming a kids’ gang when ever there is another kid.
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?