New Zealand is a spectacular country. Auckland, at 35 degrees south, has the equivalent latitude of Madrid, while the tip of South Island at about 47 degrees south probes well south of Australia to the edge of the Roaring Forties. The nearest country is Fiji, approximately 1000 miles away (a similar distance to the Azores from the UK). More details of new Zealand (with a yachting emphasis) are available on Noonsite
During our early visits, we could only dream of getting on the water, except on occasion with Dairne’s cousins. Tony used to sail but now has a launch in Auckland, while David, who has built and sailed large catamarans, now has a small launch in the Bay of Islands, some way to the North of Auckland.
Our interest was significantly increased when our eldest son Iain decided to emigrate to New Zealand with wife Clare. The move has been a great success and they now have twins (Harry and Alice)
A few years ago we were able to help Iain and Clare acquire True, a 39 foot cutter. They have lovingly maintained her, and are rapidly bringing her back to ocean going standards, though inevitably much of their cruising is confined to the Hauraki gulf near Auckland, To learn more about True and the New Zealand cruising grounds, click here.
In this section we recount some of our expeditions in this wonderful country, on both land and sea