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Tagged With: New Zealand

new zealand to french polynesia ~ against the wind

added note:  While this is another one of my lengthy posts, it is more for our own record and memory of the passage.  But hopefully, many of you will enjoy it regardless.  For those of you who prefer a shortened version, most days are titled with some highlights. May 2 – 20, 2014 Day 1:  … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ final days in Kiwiland

March 14 – May 1, 2014 Time to get a move on.  The number of days delinquent in posting to the blog is rapidly growing.  Regardless of how tardy I am, I thoroughly enjoy re-living our travels with every post. Our final days in New Zealand were a blur of activity.  We had just splashed … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ a few of our favorite things

April 2014 Feijoa fruit:  Loved by us all, we’d purchase these fruits by the bag full at the Whangarei Grower’s Market. Sultana Bran:  The New Zealand version of Raisin Bran Manuka Honey:  Known for it’s health benefits and really yummy! Marlborough Wines:  While we never got to visit this South Island vineyard, I definitely enjoy … Continue reading »

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from a child’s eye: passage to new zealand

Tonga to New Zealand by Justine, written at age 14 We were leaving. I stood in the shade of the Pacific blue bimini that covers our large cockpit, my right hand gripping the rough wood of one of the two twin tables for balance as the floor beneath my feet started to move. I was … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ haul-out & maintenance, the good & the bad

February 11 – March 14, 2014 Other than the brief beaching in Opua for the thru-hull repair, it had been nearly two years since our last haul-out.  Along with a small handful of maintenance jobs, the ole gal was in need of some bottom paint, and  it was also high time to give her steel … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ trouble in paradise

January 23 – February 11, 2014 Brief Abstract:  Cold and rainy, a depleted cruising kitty, no job possibilities, a minor car accident for Wil, and excruciating abdominal pain for me.  We had suddenly hit a major low point in cruising.  Thankfully, amidst it all, we were among good friends who helped us through.   With … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ tropical cyclone june

January 19 – 23, 2014   Didn’t we go to New Zealand to avoid the cyclones? Tropical Cyclone June was bearing down on New Zealand, and we needed to find safe harbor before her arrival.  Once a brief category 2 storm, it was possible that we would only receive her remnants, but for our own … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ auckland

January 15 – 19, 2014 As we backed into our assigned slip in the Viaduct Harbour, we breathed a sigh of relief for having a newly instated insurance policy.  There was a smaller racing sailboat with a carbon-fiber bowsprit just to our starboard side as we backed into our corner slot.  We never touched a … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ the rest of the way to auckland

January 14 – 15, 2014   Departing Kawau Bay for another short hop south, we knew we would be in for a bit of wind.  And, of course, it would be on the nose, no less!  Southeast winds were forecast to be about 15-20 knots, and based on our growing knowledge of the waters surrounding … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ parua bay to kawau bay

January 9 – 13, 2014 It was time to bid farewell to our friends in Parua Bay.  My parents had less than a week left with us, so it was time to get moving.  The plan was to day-hop our way to Auckland, exploring what we could along the way. Since we were anchored in … Continue reading »

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