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Day 179 Saturday 1st of November Time 10.00 Lat S 27.02.4 Long E 178.02.0, 124 nm
Today it is beatuful weather and warm!
Jonna can do some sunbathing again; she is really getting tanned now.
We are doing about 5 knots and the boat is self steering.
Sunday 2nd of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 27.44.3 Long E 177.49.8, 56 nm Absolutely no wind. But the sun is shining and we relax. It is my birthday today so I get a birthdaycake and a present; a tapa drawing from Tonga.
We take a swim in the big blue ocean. Pontrus paddle the kayak and take some nice photos on the boat from far away...with all the sails up....we do our best to try to get some wind int the sails...In the evening we look at a movie and one of us gets up once in a while to check the horizone so there is no boats.
Monday 3rd of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 28.09.6 Long E 177.48.7, 30 nm
In the morning we get a little wind but the it gets calm again. It is a bit cloudy. In the evening we get some rain but not much.
It is getting colder every day...we do not do more then 1 knot in the night...
Thuesday 4th of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 28.50.1 Long E 177.52.1, 48 nm
A sunny day again. We have a bit more wind and are doing 3-4 knots...but we are also having 1 knot tidewater against....so we are not doing more than 2-3 knots in the right direction...
The pressure is falling. We now there is bad weather coming; we got weather from Lindisfarne at Minerva reef. In the night the wind picks up.
Wednesday 5th of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 30.30.2 Long E 177.00.0, 88 nm
Bad weather. It is raining and the wind picks up a lot under the clouds. The pressure keeps falling; it is 1004 now. The wind is shifting towards SW which is absolutely what we want...we want to sail towards SW not getting the wind from there.
We have little sailarea in the night.
Thursday 6th of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 31.11.6 Long E 177.21.6, 74 nm
We have shitty weather during the night...but in the morning we get sun but it is very cold.
The waves are very rolly and I start getting seasick again so I chew chewinggum
Friday 7th of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 32.27.7 Long E 176.57.5, 82 nm
We do move forward...but we are slow. We have bad weather with wind from the wrong direction and also rain.
The sun shines for a while. we are sailing more and more towards east....in the afternoon we can steer south again and we are now planning on sail to Auckland and skip Opua...it seems like we cant make it there. Aucklnad is further south and it means a couple of more days to sail...
The barometer is rising again so the weather might be shifting...and also the wind...hopefully from another direction than SW.
Day 186 Saturday 8th of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 33.10.9 Long E 176.50.2, 53 nm
Absolutely no wind this night...we do 2 nm north (!) in 10 hours...
In the morning the wind picks up and we are sailing again and actualla we are now able to head towards Opua again. The barometer is still rising...its now just over 1020 and the wind is turning towards NE which is perfect!
We catch a tuna Albacore...we are doing lots of speed 5-6 knot and rising so we have to take down sails and in the afternoon and evening we have just the jib up and we are surfing 5-6 knots. Big waves and lots of wind....
Sunday 9th of November
Time 10.00 Lat S 34.21.6 Long E 174.57.7, 129 nm
The wind is strong all night. In the afternoon the wind decrease and we take up some more sails. In the evening we see the first lights and after a while there are more. We also see boats coming up and heading for Opua as we do.
The moon is up, not full, but it lightens up enough so we can go in towards Opua and also anchor. We anchor at 03 and go to bed at 04 in the morning after finding more blankets. It is freezing cold!!!
Monday 10th of November
Time 03.00 Lat S 35.15.7 Long E 174.06.9, 67 nm Opua, North of North Island, Nya Zeeland
Slept till noon. Took up teh anchor and motored in to the Q-dock in the Opua marina.
Custom, emigration and Agriculture came on board and we checked in.
I called up the marina on the VHF and we got a space for two days; and the we have to go back to Q-dock and stay there because they have no spece for us. At Q-dock it is cheaper but there is no water, no electricity and we have to take the dinghy ashore. But it is ok till we know what to do with selling the boat. We will probably go down to Whangerei and have the boat there it is much more people there and more boats.
When we were at the dock we got ashore and had a nice warm shower and then went to register us to the race between Tonga and Opua and the get a free pizza....strange but it was possible!
So we spent the evening at the cruisingclub eating pizza and talking to other yachties.
Thuesday 11th of November
Opua, North of North Island, Nya Zeeland
Nice being tied up in a marina.
Jonna and I went to buy breakfast. Jonna booked her flight from New Zealand. And she could do it from the boat so we didnt need to find a travelagency. She is going back to Sweden on Sunday evening on the 16th of November so we sill be able to rent a car a couple of days to see a bit of New Zealand before she goes.
Jonna spent the afternoon doing laundry. I went to buy a thirdpart insurance for the boat and emailed a broker we have heard about that is good. I found somemetal things for the sails that has broken.
Pontus cleaned the boat; sanded some part of the reeling and sealed it so it will not rust.
The evening we spent at the cruising club and ate free seafood....
Wednesday 12th of November
Opua, North of North Island, Nya Zeeland
We got up really early...at 6. We had to move the boat to Q-dock. We dint have to go until 12 oclock...but the tidalwater and wind makes it a bit more difficult to move us in this narrow marina.
At 10 we took a shuttle to the village Pahia where there is an ATM, lots of shops and we might find somewhere to rent a car.
We bought us a local mobile phonecard; it makes things easier talking to the broker. We phoned him and he wanted to come tomorrow and see us in the morning.
And we booked a car till tomorrow midday as well. Back on the boat in the afternoon. We cleaned the boat, Jonna packed her things. We will leave the boat for a few days and come back on Sunday after leaving Jonna at the airport.
Lindisfarne came to us and spent the evening with us.
Thursday 13th of November
Willford, North Island, Nya Zeeland
Up at 8. We had a shower then a cheap breakfast with the yachties.
The broker came at 10 and we got everything sorted out with him. We will sail to Whangerei before I go back to Sweden and have the boat there as we thought we had to.
At 2 in the afternoon we drove down to Whangerei and met Bernardo on the swedish boat "Albertina" and he showed us where he is and then we went to the same marina and booked a berth till next friday. It is a popular place to stay so we almost didnt fit there but if we could consider moving the boat once in a while they could squeeze us in. We had no problems with that and they will also help us moving around.
After a beer with Bernardo we drove south and stopped at a motel in Wellsford.
Friday 14th of November
Hamilton, North Island, Nya Zeeland
Woke up at 10 and continued the drive south. We are heading towards Roturoa and we will try to find our NZ friends from catamaran Mandarin, we met them in Panama and spent several days together. We do not have their adresses and we only have one of the sirnames, Masters. But we recall looking at googleearth with them and they showed us where they will take the boat...but we cant remember which lake....and they are rafting and the kayaking guys. But we might as well go looking for them as well as driving somewhere else.
We stopped in Auckland and spent a couple of hours shopping. The went to find a glass art store that Jonna knows about in Parnell, a part of Auckland. It is a relative to her that sells glass there. And we found it!
Then back in the car and we drove to Hamilton where we stopped at a motel. We ate a steak not far from the motel and the went back to the motel...and spent the rest of the evening looking at TV...
Day 194 Saturday 15th of November
Quere Falls, North Island, New Zealand
Woke up when the staff at the motel knocked at the door at 10.15 and wondered if we were staying another day....and off we were!
In Roturoa we stopped at the harbour but there was of course no boat Mandarin there.
After some help from a girl in an adventuretrip store we finally found them. I called a DJ Masters and asked him if he knew any Tina who has been sailing a catamaran from Grenada and he knew...it is his wife.
Unfortanetely Tina is out of town this weekend but we got all the mobile numbers to the others so we contacted the. We ended up at spending the afternoon and the evening in Matts house with Tim. and Bernt. Matt and his wife Annie had other plans for the evening, but insisted us to stay there. It was so nice to see these friendly kiwipeople again!
Sunday 16th of November
Opua, Nort Island, New Zealand
Pontus and I was up at half past 8. Pontus went with Tim to this rafting business he is working at. Tim took Pontus out on the river. Matt and I took a walk with their dog Fudge along the river and saw them getting wet in the river.
Back at the house I woke Jonna up and we had breakfast. I used Matts computer so I could book my flight toicket to Sweden. I have been trying a couple of days, but the payment fails...this time it worked so now I have a flight home on the 27th of November.
We left Quere Falls just after 3 in the afternoon. And Tina just came back so we stopped at her place for an hour and decided that we will try to come back here next week after moving the boat to Whangarei
We was back in the car at 5 and drove up to Auckland and the airport. Lerft Jonna and then continued the drive up to Opua. BAck on the boat just after 01 am....and we were very tired.
Monday 17th of November
Opua, North Island, New Zealand
Woke up at 10...rain...booorrinnngg!
And I had to get up, in the dinghy, get all the water out, pump up the dinghy, get the engine starting and get ashore....I had to take the car to Pahia and fill up the tank, buy some breakfast and get back in time to leave the car at the parking lot at 12...and of course I got very wet...
Back on the boat we took some photos in the boat and sent them to the broker...and then we stayed on board all day...I wrote the loggbook and uploaded the website...Pontus was very tired and didnt do much...but tomorrow we we will be back in business!
Thuesday 18th of November
Opua, North Island, New Zealand
Today Pontus been working on the engine and he finally thinks he has found the problem with the low oil pressure. There is small copper washers in the engine that he changed to new ones. The old ones were leaking....diesel was mixing with oil...so the oil pressure kept going down the longer we run the engine. he also changed the oil...and maybe this time we do not need to change it again for a while.
I have been looking through every inch of the boat to see what I need to take back to Sweden. I have decided that I will ship some boxes home.
In the evening we went over to "New Paige" for farewell dinner for Pontus and I. I had some things I found on the boat that I gave Kimberly.
Björn and Annika from "Lindisfarne" was also invited. We had a nice dinner with spicy chicken on board their 55ft motoryacht....Pontus enjoyed checking out their engineroom...white engines...
Wednesday 19th of November
Whangamumu, North Island, New Zealand
Took a long morningshower and then went to the marina office to pay our bill. 215 NZ$ for 9 days. Had a morningcoffee on "New Paige". We put our dinghy next to their boat when we go ashore. We are alongside a floating dock with no connection to land and it is just 1§0 m outside from "New Paige". It is cheaper to stay on this dock...but there is no water and electricity either. But we do not need it when we ar just the two of us onboard.
Björn and Annika came by to change some diesel cans; their cans was not working so good and we are selling the boat and we will not get more money for having those or ours.
They wanted some other things we do not need but it is hard to tell what we do not need Pontus will stay on board ..and maybe a long time. And he need to sell these things instead of giving them away.
Just after lunch we left Opua wirth the tidalwater and the wind. So we made good speed out to Cape Brett and the Rock. The Rock is a cliff with a big hole in and is possible to go through with a boat...but not with high masts so we didn´t go throught there.
And just around the cape it is a lot of curent so we had to start the engine and going around the cape we got wind against us so we kept running the engine...and the oil pressure was steady. We anchored in a bay called Whangamumu, an old whalestation harbour. Now it is deserted and no buildings are left. Avery green and beatiful bay. There were a couple of other boat anchored but there were plenty of room for all of us.
Thursday 20th of November
Tutukaka harbour, North Island, New Zealand
We didn´t wake up until 8 o´clock so we decided to skip to paddle the kajak. We need to get going to Whangerei; it is still a long way to go. We took up the anchor without the engines help and sailed out from thwe bay. We kept sailing southeast but then we got a bit to far out from the land so we need the engine to help us going the right course aloing the coast.
We got a barracuda and decided to keep it.
The NZ Coast Guard stopped us and wanted to know if we had checked in already or if we just arrived. Pontus also asked them if the fish we caught were eatable...but they didn´t recommend it for eating. But we decided to give it a try anyway.
We have been motoring a lot today and the oil pressure is steady...but still I am checking it every 5-10 minutes...this long time with low oil pressure has got on to my nerves!
We anchored in Tutukaka harbour about 20 nm north of the river of Whangerei where we are going.
The Gulfgroup broker has his office here and we stopped by but there was no one there. Tutukaka is a small village with nice houses, some pubs, a hotel and a gasstation...but that was about it. It was a very quiet hole! Almost no people around. They said the tourist season has not started yet.
We paddle for a while before darkness and back to tjhe bopat to fix the dinner; NZ barracuda. Pontus filled it with everything we could find....but it didn´t help much...the taste was very much fish and the meat was chewy and hard. So now we know!
We watched a movie before bedtime.
Friday 21st of November
Whangerei, City dock, North Island, New Zealand We woke up when the phone rang at 05.30 in teh moprning...and we have ni idea who called. But we might as well start the engine and get going again. We motored the whole morning and the oiul pressure was ok...fantastic!
We need to be in the beginning of the river at 1 o´clock to get enough depth and the tide water with us all the way up to Whangerei city. We were one hour early so we decided to check the oil in teh steering ...The steering has felt a bit swampy lately and we haven´t checked it for a while. And we need to have good steering going up the river and tie to a dock in a crowded marina. We emptied the hydralic oil and filled it up with new oil. And the steering felt much better.
Then it was time to get going up the river. We had the wind ant the current with us almost all the way up. The trip took almost 3 hours. The last few miles were very narrow and shallow water and it was very importent to keep staright in the channel.
we tied up alongside a german steelboat "Atlanta". Bernardo from the swedish boat "Albertina" helped us with the lines. First time we met him was on Tonga.
We went up to the office to check in. After that we decided to take a walk up to town and have a thaidinner; we felt like we should celebrate when arriving to the last port on this trip.
Back on the boat we found a for-sale sign on the bowspreat....the boat is now for sale!
Saturday 22nd of November
Whangerei, City dock, North Island, New Zealand
We invited Bernardo for breakfast if he could buy some bread...so we had deal!
Pontus and I cleaned up the boat. i went to the citycenter to buy some jeans...I have just shorts and it is freezing cold! Checked with the mpostoffice how to ship home packages. Up to 20 kilo packages they could ship. It cost 250 NZ$ to ship that amount...but it might be worth it. Pontus rented a car that we will pick up tomorrow afternoon. We are driving down to Rotorua again to spend some time with our friend before I fly back to Sweden on Thursday the 27th.....less tha a week left. And I want to see something here..it might take a long time before I come back here again.
We washed a couple of loads clothes. Perfect weather for drying. The wind have picked up a lot and we are so happy we managed to come here before the wind picked up.
Day 203 Sunday 23rd of November
Whangerei, City dock, North Island, New Zealand
Fixed the rest on the boat; I am leaving the boat today and I will most likely not come back...it does feel a bit sad. It is part of 20 years of my life that I am leaving. Packed everything I have decided to ship home in a couple of boxes.
At 3 in the afternoon we moved the boat and now we are next to the dock just behind "Atlanta". It is a bit shallow and we neede to wait for the tide before we could move. The wind was strong but we were just sliding backwards so there was no problem to move.
At 4.30 we got the car and drove for 5 hours down to Roturoa; we just stopped for half an hour to eat and shift drivers.
We arrived at Tinas house after trhey went to sleep so the door was open for us. The poor watchdog barked constantly to wake his masters to wake up and stopp the intruders...but noone took any notice of him....
Day 204 Monday 24th of November
Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Woke up at 7 and said hallo to Tina and her family. Tina had to work for a while so Pontus and I spent a couple of hours with our computers...
We went in to Rotorua town to find some clothes for Kajsa, Tina had to do some errands and dropp Seymore (Tinas husbands Don´s daughter).
In the afternoon Pontus, I and Tina went to a maori village with hot water pools and geysers.
Tina told us that all maories descend from 6 (or 7) different canoes that arrived almost 1000 years ago to New Zealand and they all know from which canoe they belong to. Tina is part maori and speak the language. We saw maoridance, we ate corncobs cooked in a hot pool and saw lots of mud pools and some big geysers.
The earth´s crust around Rotorua is very thin and thats why these mud pools and hot water pools excist. A bit smelly but one get use to the smell quickly. We saw steam coming up all over the place.
Back at Tinas place we decided to go scurfing after Dón and Tinas powerboat on one of the lakes nearby. The weather was a bit foggy and wet but we had a lovely late afternoon on the lake. We all got in to the water. We all sat down in a hotwaterspot next to the beach. So nice....and a cold beer.
Back again at Tinas house and had some dinner. We had very nice day today!
Thuesday 25th of November
Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Today we made a 2 hour roadtrip to some caves with glowing wurms. It is such a nice country to drive through. Very green and lots of hills.
Tim and Seymore went with us. We first took a half an hour walk through some rainforrest and then went down in teh limestone caves with lots of underground rivers. There are tours taking tourists in the river on rubbertires...but we did not do that. Tomorrow we will go rafting with Tim instead.
We drove back to Tinas house and spent the evening there.
Wednesday 26th of November
Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Breakfast and the over to Quere Falls and Tims rafting place. He had no other customers so he took us down the river. Matt who lives almost next door decided to go with us in his river kayak and there was also another rafting guy in another kayak. We put the wetsuit, wetshoes, helmet and lifejacket on and then after transporting a rubberdinghy to the river (200 m) we slided down in the river sitting in the boat. I had the underwatercamera with me so we took lots of photos while we were rafting. Tim gave us instruction how to sit and when to paddle. And off we went. Tim managed to turn us up side down as he planned to do. After the 1500 m long rivertrip we took up the boat to the trailer and then took a short walk uphill. They had decided that we should do a jump down in the river...high up and down to a rapid river...not that rapid but very moving anyway. And I just had to do it...couldn´t stop now... We had planned to do a bungyjump later the same day so go chicken now was not an option. And it was so fun we did a second jump. I have no idea how high up but I think at least 8 meters.
After this fun adventure we drove back to Tina. And after a quick lunch we drove to Tapuo, a town next to North Islands biggest lake. In a river connected to that lake they go bungyjumping. Tinas daughter Maddi decided to go with us also so it was Pontus, Maddi and me who decided to jump.
After checking in with name, weight and filling in a paper that we were not forced to jump we were ready to go outr on a platform over the river almost 50 m up. We had no time to think about anything; it was our turn right away. Pontus started and then it was my turn. They put the rope around my feet, asked me how deep down in the river I wanted to go. I said I didnt want to get my jeans wet. "Smile to the camera, 3,2,1 JUMP" and off I went and less than a minute I was sitting on a rubberdinghy going ashore to Pontus. I wish we had jumped one more time right away so I could have time to enjoy it more! It was way to fast! And it was so cool!
On our way back to Tinas house we stopped for a coffee next to the lake. We saw mountains with snow on top; thats were Tina and her family go skiing.
I bought some nice wines to Göran..at least I hope they are nice! We also stopped at a very rapid river were Tinas husband Don had paddled...crazy! All these kiwis we know are paddlers.
Back home at Tina we ate a nice dinner and had a soft evening. We saw the news....And of course they decided to close down Bangkoks airport tomorrow; it has been occupied by demonstrators. And I am supposed to change flights in Bangkok tomorrow evening!
Day 207 Thursday 27th of November
Auckland airport, North Island, New Zealand
Up at 8 and checked the news and Bangkoks airport is still closed and will be the whole day. But I decided to go to Auckland airport to see anyway. They will probably put me on another flight. And Pontus had to go back north to Whangerai anyway to return the car in the afternoon.
We left Rotorua at 10 and drove all the way up to the airport. We took a change and took the straight road up but it was lots of roadwork so it took over 3,5 hours to get there. But there was no hurry. They put me on another flight leaving 22.45. one stop in Los Angeles and then a new flight from Heathrow in London to Stockholm. I will land 12 hióurs later than planned but thats ok! Better than be stucked somewhere.
Captain said goodbye to crew Pontus, and see you back home next year.
I checked in my luggage and then spent a couple of hours outside on a bench. At 5 in the afternoon I went inside and spent 6 hours in taxfree area with not much money to spend which is boring!
Friday 28th of November
I landed half an hour earlier than planned and had to wait for the welcome committee; Göran, Kajsa and Hanna. We were all four very happy to see each other after 208 days