Monday, March 16, 2009 Auckland

This morning we left early to head back to Auckland (2 hrs drive).  We stopped at a lovely cafe "Duck’s Landing" for tea and what has to be Owega Beach the worlds best Date scone – it was just awesome. Along the way we took some photos of the beach at Owega as well as vistas of Auckland itself.

We arrived at Auckland harbour in great time (thanks to Wally’s awesome driving).  We visited the Yacht club and found the "Spirit of Canada".  This is owned by a friend of Jeff’s (Wally and Jean’s No. 1 son).  He had No recession here! Spirit of Canada broken down and pulled into Auckland for repairs – it was lovely to see this 60 ft sail boat; however, it paled in comparison to come of the 200 ft yachts moored in the harbour, most if not all, had crew to do all the work.  It was interesting to see these boats – worth many millions of dollars and we’re in the middle of a world recession.

We had lunch with Jean and Wally and then said our "Good-Byes" with many tears and promises to see each other again in July when they’ll be in North America.

The process of getting through customs et al was flawless – we expected to be in the queue for at least 1 hour – but were through in less than 15 minutes.  Within 45 minutes our luggage was brought to our cabin and we unpacked ready to enjoy the next part of our voyage. 

 Farewell to New Zealand Standing on the desk we waved to New Zealand knowing that we’ll be back. 





Our home for the next 2 monthsThis will be our home for the next 2 months!


Monday, March 16, 2009 Auckland — 7 Comments

  1. Hi Pat and Gerrit,

    What a great blog. Thanks for sharing. I did notice however that you missed the bungie jumping in New Zeland. I hear it’s the best in the world.

  2. Spirit of Canada was built in a warehouse in Cobourg. We saw it launched before it went to Toronto for fittings.

  3. Hi Pat and Gert everything looks really lovely have a great time enjoyed reading every thing picturs lovely too take care love helen

  4. Have been following your progress (silently so far). Excited and envious as you embark on your cruise. Keep up the good work.

  5. Hi Pat!
    I’m a little late in checking out your blog – been rather busy with a certain Corrie event in halifax!
    However, I’m delighted to read of your travels in one tiny corner of my homeland of New Zealand, but I’m afraid I have to make one correction. That gorgeous beach, one of my favorites anywhere in the world is Orewa, not Owega.