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Christmas 2005

Cruisers shared Christmas dinner at Riverside Drive Marina, Whangarei

Christmas dinner 2005

Eric of "Naia" and Robert enjoying the festivities

Christmas 2005

Tammy of "Naia" and Marie of "Yosoy"

Christmas Pie

Robert enjoying his favorite dessert - pumpkin pie

Christmas 2005

Our friend Steve from Australia (catamaran Neriki) with Robin, another fellow cruiser

Christmas 2005

Off to a Christmas party in town

The Hostess

Tania of "Sirona" and her husband Pete, had a cruisers Christmas party at their house in Whangarei

Christmas 2005 at Pete and Tania's

Everyone enjoying the party

Christmas 2005

Iretta and Steve of "Rigo", who now live in Fiji

Boat Projects

Taping the patterns for the new nonskid paint

New boom

Our new custom boom, 3 feet shorter than the old one, with internal reefing lines

New boom and dodger

Our new companionway dodger and boom with Doyle Stackpack


Our new compass, courtesy of our friends Peter and David of Yacht Domain in Australia, who Robert worked with while we were in NZ

Haul out

Iron Mistress being hauled for a much needed bottom job

The Other Side of Cruising

Robert sanding the previous layers of paint


The rudder ready to be sprayed

New Bottom

Primer being sprayed

Almost Finished

The bottom paint being sprayed on

Tane Mahuta

The oldest and largest living Kauri tree, North Island

Visiting Friends

Paul (L) and Rasta Bob (R) visiting from the US

Visiting Friends

Nancy and Doug from "Spiritus" visiting NZ. We first met them at Patten's Boat Yard in Eliot, Maine in 2003 before we left on this trip...

Springtime in Auckland

New Spring lambs at Cornwall Park, Auckland

Christmas 2006

Christmas dinner with Barb and Tom on GOSI out at the Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island Hike

Hiking the Kaiaraara Track to a preserved Kauri dam on the Great Barrier Island

New Zealand Friends

Suzi and Brett

Great Barrier Island

Celebrating Valentine's Day 2007 in Whangaparapara Bay

Land tour of Great Barrier Island

We rented a car with Ian and Lauren of "Mystic Blue" and toured the island, which included beautiful farmlands

Picnic Site on Great Barrier Island

Taking a break, with Ian and Lauren of "Mystic Blue"

GBI anchorage

A bird's eye view of one of the many secluded anchorages in Great Barrier Island

Muscle Harvesting

Harvesting time for the New Zealand Green Tipped Muscles

Kawau Island

Another beautiful spot in the Hauraki Gulf -- Smelting House Bay on Kawau Island

Great Fishing

One of the many snapper we caught bait fishing near the muscle farms


Trolling between the islands provided dinner for a few days

Queen Mary 2

The largest visitor to Auckland, the Queen Mary 2, came into port in February 2007 on her maiden world cruise

Kicking Back

After the Auckland Boat Show, we gathered for a cold one at the Loaded Hog bar at Auckland's Viaduct Basin. L-R: the owner of the Nordhavn that was in the show; Wayne, Julia, David and Josh of Yacht Domain yacht brokerage from Australia, and Elyse

Auckland Skyline

Our view of Auckland and the famous Sky Tower from the Bayswater Marina, our home for a year

Auckland Domain

A beautiful park in the heart of the city

Auckland Museum

The museum in the Domain

A Game of Cricket

A favorite pasttime for the Kiwi's

Auckland's Famous Fish Market

Every fresh fish imaginable is available at the market

Auckland Fish Market

The friendly staff of the Auckland Fish Market

Auckland City Hospital

In the heart of downtown Auckland

Auckland City Hospital CCU

Some of the CCU gang, celebrating Helen's retirement. L-R: Elyse, Shaheeda, Linda, Helen, Alphonsa, Suzi and Roma

CCU Bon Voyage Party

A Kiwi sendoff -- the CCU staff gathered at Monsoon Poon restaurant in Auckland for a bon voyage dinner

Bon Voyage

Sailing out of Waitemata Harbor, leaving Auckland in the distance on our way north

Tutukaka Harbor

Anchored late afternoon in Pacific Bay, Tutukaka Harbor on our way north, April 2007

Bay of Islands

Sailing by the famous "Hole in the Rock" on our way north

Gwendolyn at anchor, Bay of Islands

We got together with our friends Craig and Magda on Gwendolyn in Urupukapuka Bay before they headed out to Tonga