Next stop yesterday was Cathedral Cove, the pix speek for themselves. After all the ocean water the shower under the waterfall felt so incredibly refreshing, ahhhhh.
Now we're anchored on the west side of Coromandel Peninsula. We will visit Coromandel town tomorrow. The day after that we will continue to Waiheke Island which will be last stop for Michael.
In Whangarei I rented a car and Marcus and I drove to Auckland to buy new batteries.
A day and 1300 NZD later we left Whangarei and sailed to Kawau where we spent a beautiful day with a hike, a visit in a cafe where we saw peacocks eating at the table and swimming at an island that looks more like it belongs to French Polynesia.
We continued on to Great Barrier Island where we did two beautiful rainforest hikes (mostly in the rain :-)) and had a day off in the rain yesterday where all of us did something on our own while sitting on the boat. So I finally pulled out my piano and played and tried to advance my latest composition but nothing resulted from that attempt. Oh well, next time then.
Here some pix. I have to admit I don't take many pix at the moment, maybe more once we arrive at Coromandel Peninsula / Whitianga later today as this is new to me. Tomorrow we want to go to hot water beach, dig a hole and sit in our own hot pool. I've been wanting to do that in so long, so I am excited. Hope the water (swell) will allow us to do so.
View from Orewa(near Auckland) towards Kawau island
Next picture: view from Kawau over towards Orewa
Peacocks at Mansion House on Kawau
Two more views towards Orewa and this tropical island
Spirit of New Zealand, sailing school ship, with lots of people in the mast