REFLECTIONS ON NEW ZEALAND CRUISE 2021

This year I completed the New Zealand cruise that was interrupted last year by covid and a long period of lockdown in the Marlborough sounds area.  So, a year later I finally completed my adventure, sailing around New Zealand and visiting many places that are only easily accessible by boat. Last year I tried not … Continue reading REFLECTIONS ON NEW ZEALAND CRUISE 2021

ARRIVAL PRESERVATION INLET

Monday and moving day.  The weather forecast looks favourable for a move north across the Foveaux Strait to Fiordland.  The weather models all agree and the Met Service backs it up, although they do have a gale forecast for the northern sea area Foveaux. After a final visit to the pub in Oban and a … Continue reading ARRIVAL PRESERVATION INLET

LAST DAYS IN STEWART ISLAND

After a couple of glorious days swinging on a mooring in Halfmoon Bay we have decided that its better to head up to Fiordland at the next opportunity.  Crossing the Foveaux Strait westwards can be tricky as the westerly winds predominate.  Weather windows with easterly sector winds can be hard to come by so we … Continue reading LAST DAYS IN STEWART ISLAND

EXPLORING PATERSON INLET

Monday, properly attired, we stepped ashore again on Ulva Island, this time for an explore. As soon as we landed a cheeky Weka popped out the bush to welcome us, pecking around our feet.  The weather was good, we decided to walk around the island.  The tracks are very well maintained and clearly signposted so … Continue reading EXPLORING PATERSON INLET

MAGICAL STEWART ISLAND

Thursday 4th February, evening weather forecast indicated good winds for sailing to Stewart island.  The last few miles before Stewart Island showed light winds so I expected we may have to motor to complete the trip.  But no time to waste, the dinghy was stowed on deck and everything made ready for an evening departure.  … Continue reading MAGICAL STEWART ISLAND