Auckland City Life

Auckland city life is pretty cool: plenty of outdoor activities for the kids, several of our good old friends live here, all the boat suppliers are represented here (so we can work our way through our list of boat maintenance jobs) and we can nip out to Waiheke or another nearby island anytime we want some time at anchor.

We enjoyed cruising the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke over the Christmas holidays. The weather was pretty changeable but there were plenty of bays to choose from suitable for the daily changing wind directions. We visited vineyards on Waiheke, did lots of hiking and also had a few days stuck inside when the weather was just too miserable to go out.

Now we are back in Auckland and it’s been great catching up with several friends who live here. Last weekend we joined Mark and Michelle on a day trip to the West coast near Muriwai to visit Michelle’s sister. It was a great day out and the West coast is stunning. The kids had a run around, fed the baby goats and had a dip in the pool.

This week the boys signed up for the kids holiday program at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club here in Orakei. They do fun activities in the morning (paddling, hiking, building a raft) and sailing lessons in the afternoon. They’re having a ball and the parents are happy to have some childfree time and a break from teaching 😀

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Beautiful Waiheke, vineyards everywhere

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hiking the eastern end of Waiheke

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It wasn’t always sunny

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things we did on a rainy day … not sure who had most fun, the kids or myself

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walking up the hill on the western end of Waiheke

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Cable Bay vineyard with great views over Auckland

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Day trip to the West Coast near Muriwai

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Tyrii, Avala, Aeneas and Aston having a run around

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feeding time for the baby goats

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quick dip

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old roller coaster track down to the beach

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Plenty of surf action on the West Coast (the tiny black dots in the water are surfers!)

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Parnell Baths: amazing swimming pool right in the centre of Auckland

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hours of fun

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Time for a sailing lesson

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the youngest in the class

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launching the Optis

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Tyrii’s in the lead!

 

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Rotoroa

We were hunkered down in Huruhi Bay, Waiheke on New Year’s Eve with plenty of chain out and all the clears up. The wind and rain kept coming on New Year’s Day and the day after… It was kind of cozy though and we made the most of getting some R&R. Yesterday the sun finally made a re-appearance so we headed over to Man O’ War Bay. There’s a great vineyard there and we tasted some delicious Waiheke wines. The kids had a run around and even had a go at cricket. This morning the wind direction changed so we crossed the Waiheke channel to nearby Rotoroa Island where we found shelter.

Rotoroa has an interesting history. For over 100 years it was owned by the Salvation Army and served as an alcoholic and drug rehabilitation centre with no access for the general public. (No….. the Skipper is back on the boat, you smart people!) Since a few years the island is being turned into a unique nature conservation park including a wildlife sanctuary. It is now fully open to the public and has beautiful sandy beaches, picnic benches everywhere and wonderful walking trails that take you to several great viewpoints.

We certainly enjoyed our walk after being inside for a few days and the sun came out too! Happy 2016 everyone!

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enjoying the view, Waiheke in the background

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family selfie

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happy boys

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the anchorage at Rotoroa

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Pohutukawa trees everywhere

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great clouds!