Our daughter, Erin, came for 3 weeks and invited her friend, Tim, to join us. Before Tim arrived we took Erin up North to Kerikeri and Kawakawa and the Marsden Winery.
Tim barely got on the boat and we told him we were pulling out for a short cruise. I think both of them were pretty happy to get out on the boat for a while. We exited the river not exactly sure of which way we would go first: up to Bay of Islands or down to Great Barrier Island. The wind would make the decision and since it was out of the North we sailed the 60 miles to Great Barrier Island at a pretty good clip and anchored off of Port Fitzroy. Great Barrier Island is great for hiking, although many of the trails are still closed from a surplus of rain and subsequent damage it did to the trails a couple of years ago.
We decided to make an overnight sail up to Bay of Islands to save time and take advantage of the SE winds. Our first stop was Opua again, then off to Russell, a quaint village settled by whalers. The houses here are a treat to look at.
Another quick motor around to Roberton Bay. This bird was guarding her nest and was pretty annoyed with me for taking her picture.
The next bay was Urupukapuka. The "trails" were for the most part mown into the grassy hillsides. It was seriously pastoral with grazing sheep, farm buildings, fences to crawl over, a favorite for all of us.
Tim got into the sailing thing and became a great crewmember. He helped with everything, asking questions, eager to learn, so he is invited to come back anytime.
This is rounding Cape Brett