Goodbye to GBI Hello to Opua, BOI

Walking up to Te Ajumata with Mount Hobson behind me.

This blog should have been entered before we went on our road trip but my computer broke down with the blog in it.  It’s been to the nice geeky laptop doctor and it’s all better now.  Sorry this is so late.

We had one last hike to do before we left Great Barrier Island, the walk to the summit of Te Ajumata.  We left the Broken islands on the Monday morning and motored south again to Blind bay.  On the Tuesday morning we landed on the beach and started up the road to the entrance to the track.  It was a nice walk because the path was more open than the Mt Hobson walk.  We stopped half way up for a view across the valley to Mount Hobson. 

We made it to the summit

We finished with a rapid climb to the trig at the summit.  We had great views across to the East side of the island.  We would have liked to get over to that side of the island but the weather just wasn’t right.  There were easterlies forecast and there aren’t any sheltered anchorages on that side. 

The beach in the distance looked stunning.  The walk had taken 4 hours and we got back to the beach where Camomile was anchored on her own; we were just in time for lunch.

Camomile waiting for us on the beach

Anchored next to Aqualuna








We continued south back to Typhena bay where we met up with Blue Water rally friends Gabbie and Jonathan on Aqualuna with their friend Donald.  We stayed a couple of days catching up before we both left on Thursday for Whangaparapara to shelter from the West winds coming up. We waited until Sunday for good winds to head north back to the Bay of Islands. 

Bill cutting up our delicious fish








Amazingly we caught a fish on the way.  Any one that sails with us regularly will know this is a rare occurrence.  We think it was a Kahawai but it certainly tasted delicious.

The lighthouse on Cape Brett









The trip took 2 days with an overnight stop in Tutakaka.  We enjoyed some wonderful sailing on both days with the cruising chute flying for most of Monday.  We took it down to motor past the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on the outer edge of Cape Brett, a bit of a notorious acceleration zone.  There are a number of trips out to visit this rock but we saw it for free!

The Hole in the Rock

The Twins rocks

We continued down into the bay passing the Twins rocks on our way in.

The next morning we awoke to these beautiful reflective scenes as we looked out from the cockpit.  We weighed anchor and motored into Opua where we had a list of jobs to complete.  Bill will put more detail on the website soon. 

Stunning early morning reflections

Posted on February 28, 2012, in Circumnavigation, Coastal cruising, Port posts, Redgrove, Sailing, sailing adventure, travel, Westerly, Westerly Sealord. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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