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Islington Bay, Rangitoto, Thursday, 21 April, 2011

April 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Hehehe we are out on the water. After a few weeks of packing, unpacking and cleaning new house it feels like we are skiving off – absolutely delicious!

We got away from Hamilton just after 5:00 yesterday and after stopping for bacon and egg sandwiches at Mercer were thinking we’d be out on the water by 7:30. But we’d forgotten about Auckland traffic! So after inching up the motorway and a quick stop for milk and then unloading wagon and loading Zinkwazi we dropped ropes and headed out at about 8:30.

It was a very dark and still night. Half of Westhaven is being repaired and looks very different with piers removed and we had to carefully thread our way out of the marina. Rob got to practice his swearing when I pointed out we were on collision course with a pole. But once we’d cleared the breakwater it was an absolutely gorgeous night. The city is spectacular at night.

The familiar land marks slipped by, tank farm, Princes wharf, Auckland harbor, North Head, Bean Rock, No. 11 Bouy, Northern Leading Light, Iliomana Rock and finally the port navigation light as we put-putted up the harbour. Lots of boats in Issy Bay but we found a spot and dropped the pick and settled in or the night.

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