The Sailing Adventures of Jamala

 

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Australia

Australia

Great Barrier Reef There are a few entrances to the Great Barrier Reef, some more challenging than others, and all less than perfect. After a couple of hours trying to figure out which to choose and how to weave through this maze of reefs, I came across a book on...

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Vanuatu – Port Vila and Pentecost

Vanuatu – Port Vila and Pentecost

After almost six months in New Zealand, we sail just over 1000 miles to Tanna, then overnight to Port Vila to catch a flight to see the land divers of Pentecost Island.
I also used the time on passage to write about what we’ve been up to. I’ve been a bit slack on the writing front because it has been a busy few months of sightseeing, boat fixing, and travelling around Aotearoa. But now we are just about up to date.

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Vanuatu – Tanna

Vanuatu – Tanna

Leaving New Zealand We wanted to sail up to Opua to see Bertrand and Pascale one last time before we each headed in different directions. But with the wind hurling down the coast from the north, that wasn't going to happen. Instead, we anchored at Urquarts Bay for the...

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Waving goodbye to Whangarei

Waving goodbye to Whangarei

Riverside Drive We thought we might like New Zealand but were wrong - we loved it. The scenery is stunning. The people we encountered were friendly, helpful, and present. And we could get things done. New Zealand has some very skilled people, and the quality of work...

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Lake Pukaki and Christchurch

Lake Pukaki and Christchurch

Lake Pukaki Driving to Christchurch, we passed Lake Pukaki, 178 square kilometres of water and another joy for cold water masochists because the Tasman River feeds it from the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers. It is also another primary source of hydroelectric power....

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Oamaru and Omarama

Oamaru and Omarama

Steam Punk and Steam Train What a whacky place this is. The Steam Punk HQ in Oamaru is completely bonkers inside and out. The machines outside have a slot into which you can deposit your hard-earned cash for them to spring into action. Or, in the case of the Mad...

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Bluff and Dunedin

Bluff and Dunedin

Bluff Bluff became an important port for whaling and sealing ships in the mid-19th century. And it retains an industrial feel with industries of a different kind, thanks to the Tīwai Point aluminium smelter and the port of Bluff that handles over 3.5M tonnes of cargo...

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Invercargill

Invercargill

The World's Fastest Indian In the centre of Invercargill is a large hardware store, E Hayes & Sons. Inside that store, among all the tools, parts and accessories to support a thriving agricultural community, is the Indian Scout motorcycle ridden by Burt Munro....

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Te Anau and Milford Sound

Te Anau and Milford Sound

Te Anau Te Anau is known as the "gateway to the fiords" due to its proximity to the more famous Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. In Maori, it means "cave of swirling water," a reference to the underground waterways that flow beneath the town. On the subject of water,...

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Wanaka Queenstown and Wine

Wanaka Queenstown and Wine

Road to Wanaka We were considering staying in Wanaka, but because of the Warbirds over Wanaka festival, we couldn't find a campsite with space. Instead, we stopped on the way over at the Makarora campervan and caravan park, which has a petrol station and cafe at the...

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Glacier Country

Glacier Country

Franz Joseph There wasn't much time to hang around. I'd booked a helicopter flight for the afternoon to take us up to the glaciers. The flight we booked was supposed to take us to Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Tasman Glaciers, the Southern Alps and the Main...

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Hokitika and Shantytown

Hokitika and Shantytown

Hokitika We drove our van into the Shining Star campsite late afternoon on the 27th of March. Apparently, we weren't the first Riverside Drive Marina residents to check in here. Only a couple of weeks before, our sailing friend Jeanne Socrates also checked in at the...

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Greymouth, Blackball and Brunner

Greymouth, Blackball and Brunner

Greymouth We only went to Greymouth to meet Charmaine, one of our Riverside Drive friends who was staying in Greymouth for a while. But we are glad we saw the town too. It has a rugged charm - and some good OP shops from which you can grab a bargain. Hats off to the...

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Pupu Springs and Pancake Rocks

Pupu Springs and Pancake Rocks

Te Waikoropupū Springs - Pupu Springs This is a special place, both culturally and geologically. The water here is some of the clearest on the planet. And there is a lot of it. Underground springs here produce approximately 14,000 litres of water per second. Māori...

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Kaiteriteri and Abel Tasman

Kaiteriteri and Abel Tasman

Kaiteriteri Kaiteriteri is lovely in March. It isn't too cold, the sun is shining, and, more importantly, the holidays are over. This place must be rammed full of people at peak summer time. But hardly anyone was around when we visited. Although Kaiteriteri is a...

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Blenheim, Renwick and Wine

Blenheim, Renwick and Wine

Blenheim Our first stop on the South Island was a Department of Conservation campsite in Blenheim - a bargain at just $20 NZD per person per night. Unfortunately, there is a different sort of price to pay. Generally, no power is available at DOC sites, so if you don't...

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Wellington

Wellington

Cuba Street Our destination in Wellington: Cuba Street car park, because I know how to treat a lady. The advantage of having a certified self-contained campervan (certified by a sticker on the van) is that you can park in places other vans cannot, such as our chosen...

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Whangarei – Whakapapa – Wellington

Whangarei – Whakapapa – Wellington

Boatyard Bonkersness So far, we have shared where we have been and what we have seen in New Zealand, but not what we have been doing on the boat. And we have been doing a lot of stuff: New cockpit windows New cockpit upholstery Cockpit cover repairs Sail repairs and...

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