Neil and Laura's 2005 Adventure travel blog

Sweet Disorder at anchor in the Gulf

Breakfast in the cockpit

Neil trying not to sail us onto the rocks

Rare flightless Takahe - thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1948

Sweet Disorder (left) at anchor off Tiri Island

Rangitoto volcano on the horizon from Tiri Island

Sunset in Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island

Laura at the helm in tricky wind conditions

Dave and Helen's Guesthouse on Kawau - boat only access


We drop off the camper van in Auckland having driven over three thousand miles in four weeks. Unfortunately Laura has also managed to get her first ever speeding ticket after nearly thirty years of driving - in a campervan of all things ! Damn those hidden cameras.

Next we meet up with Dave and Helen and their yacht Sweet Disorder which will be our home for three days of cruising the Hauraki Gulf. Littered with dozens of islands large and small it's a great place to sail. Many of the islands are nature reserves so we are able to do some walking and bird watching as well as sailing.

We also spend a night at Dave and Helen's guest house on Kawau Island at the north end of the Gulf before sailing back into Auckland's Viaduct Harbour - the home of NZ'z successful Americas Cup bids.



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