Hauraki Gulf

Waiheke Island in The Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana is a coastal feature of the North Island of New Zealand. It has an area of 4000 km², and lies between the Auckland Region, the Hauraki Plains, the Coromandel Peninsula, and Great Barrier Island. Most of the gulf is part of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Martin surprised me by making reservations at the Casita Miro winery on Waiheke Island. Inspired by the food and wine of Spain and the Mediterranean, Casita Miro specializes in shared plate tapas-style service and amazing wine. The world-renowned restaurant has stunning views overlooking the vineyard below. No detail was lost in the Spanish architecture inspired building. The ambiance provided by this fine dining and wine experience is unmatched.

Gavin rode over from Auckland to Waiheke and took Martin Jet Ski fishing. It is a big thing here in New Zealand

Back to Whangarei to get ready for Naylene and Phil’s Hens Party and Wedding Celebrations


Lauri, Nolene, Kim, Betsy, Sue, Lorela, Liz, Sylvia, Lorela, Naylene & Susan


Beautiful Wedding of two fabulous folks. I enjoyed “interviewing” and putting this little film together for the newly weds.

Summer Time in New Zealand with the kind of Good Ole friends that you just cant make! Love catching up with Elizabeth and Garth for some belly roaring laughs

Kiwi Release

One of the highlights of Backyard Kiwi at Whangarei Heads is the annual kiwi releases. Since 2003 volunteers have supplemented the kiwi population by releasing kiwi to introduce wider genetic variety into the Whangarei Heads area. This was fantastic opportunity for us to see live kiwis in our own backyard! We learned a lot about this amazing flightless bird that has been endangered by rats, stouts, cats and domestic dogs.

They monitor a small sample of the released kiwi with radio transmitters

Adrien & Donovan Celebrate their Partnership Visa

Adrien treated us to a lovely picnic and trek at the waterfalls. Beautiful afternoon to celebrate her Partnership Visa with Donovan that she has anxiously been waiting for 3 months.

It’s a Boy!

Justin and Sarah had a beautiful Gender Reveal Party in Houma, LA with all their friends and family

Ladies Night on Shenemere

Horoscopes, curry, wine & laughs. It’s hard to get lady cruisers together so I appreciate the moments we do and it encourages me to try harder to make it more frequent.

Tsunami Warning

New Zealand issued a tsunami warning Thursday after a Magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands. Because the tremor struck at a relatively shallow depth of 19.4 km, it triggered fears that a tsunami had been generated, prompting tsunami warnings for the parts of the country’s North Island facing the quake’s epicentre.

This was the initial surge. Though a small tsunami was generated, it did not cause much in the way of damage, and the warnings were discontinued after a few hours

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My terrified FB post as I was sure we were going to perish!
There was 8.1 quake not far from here. Tsunami sirens are wailing and Civil Defense has issued an order to get to higher ground. It’s traveling at a speed of 600 km! We are onboard SHENEMERE at Parua Bay with 70 meters of chain, engine on, battened down, passports in waterproof bag. Life jackets on.🙏🏼 Martin gave our car to a German sailor as she was running up the road … she’s headed to higher ground. We don’t know her![/c

Next Day…all good in the neighborhood. What a fun surprise to run into Bill & Irene at Urqhart’s Bay. We were just at Bill’s big 70th B-day party but didn’t get much of a chance to talk . I like the pace of a one on one conversation in the cockpit at a stunning anchorage.

Heading off to the Bay of Islands as soon as we can get a weather window:)

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