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Sailing & Hiking the Bay of Islands, New Zealand – Moturua Island – PICS!

The Bay of Islands is a spectacularly beautiful place and a sailing playground. There are hundreds of islands and numerous anchorages on each. White sand beaches fringe the coves and lush, forested, tall islands rise up from the green and turquoise waters. Dolphins visit our anchorage and also play in our wake while under way. The only sounds you hear are of birds in the hills and fish jumping. There are nature preserves to hike and rocky points to explore in the kayak. What a cool place we found to hide out during the southern hemisphere cyclone season!

Our friends Brian and Liz are here visiting. You may remember that they bought our previous boat – Pura Vida. They are taking a break from their excruciating full-time jobs of sailing Pura Vida in Mexico. We are all having a blast and it’s been great catching up with them and taking turns exaggerating about our respective sailing adventures.

Alyssa has been playing Super Woman, New Zealand edition. By day she is working in a yacht chandlery (boat parts shop) and by night she is aboard entertaining us all and whipping up amazing meals. It’s exhausting just watching but somehow the woman summons up the energy and is loving it all. She even decided to ‘up the ante’ and in a couple weeks will start working at the local cafe for a couple days a week…..something about them letting her do some baking…

Here are some pictures of the past week. You’ll notice that the geography here is reminiscent of the California coast but with a bit of South Pacific beaches, foliage and sea-life thrown in – a combination that works very well.

Salud from the Bay of Islands, NZ!

- Lewis, Alyssa, Brain & Liz 

Anchored off Paihia. Maori war canoe paddling past and chanting during breakfast - very cool!
Anchored off Paihia. Maori war canoe paddling past and chanting during breakfast – very cool!
Brian; very happy to be back on a boat!
Brian; very happy to be back on a boat!

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Hmmm... I wonder why the anchor won't set?!?!....
Hmmm… I wonder why the anchor won’t set?!?!….
....and then we pulled up a shell - stuck perfectly on the point of the anchor!  We were dragging this shell through the sand!
….and then we pulled up a shell – stuck perfectly on the point of the anchor! We were dragging this shell through the sand!
Alyssa taking note of the awesome private estate tucked in the trees behind our anchorage.....we think we'll build a miniature scale model on our property in Fiji
Alyssa taking note of the awesome private estate tucked in the trees behind our anchorage…..we think we’ll build a miniature scale model on our property in Fiji
Brielle, (my Niece) look! Dolphins!!
Brielle, (my Niece) look! Dolphins!!

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When you need a xmas tree and there aren't any tree farms around you get creative... with a sawzall
When you need a Xmas tree and there aren’t any tree farms around you get creative… with a sawzall
Found it!
Found it!
The happy Mermaid gets her first NZ Cook Island Pine Xmas tree!
The happy Mermaid gets her first NZ Cook Island Pine Xmas tree!

 

3 thoughts on “Sailing & Hiking the Bay of Islands, New Zealand – Moturua Island – PICS!”

  1. Hi Kids… I love it…The pictures are great and I’m happy that you are happy. I’m also so Glad Alyssa found a tree. Now you’ll have a tree to put all your packages under! I’m so happy you received the package from me. You don’t seem so far away. Lots of Love & Hugs, GrandmaMama

  2. Bula, looks like you are having fun. Lyss with long pants ????……..I’ve never seen that before ! Lol
    Miss you guys

  3. You are having sooooo much fun!!!! The photos are awesome, so beautiful there. We are looking forward to seeing you while we are there visiting Chris and Lila. Baby is due 2/14!!!! We will be there for 7 weeks.
    Cheers!!!

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