The Sailing Adventures of Jamala

 

and her motley crew of two

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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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Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens Hamilton Gardens is a gem of a place - 54 hectares of themed gardens, some classical and some stark-raving bonkers. We spent a few hours here stumbling around and coming across these visual treats. There's not much to say here - it's all about the...

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Hobbiton

Hobbiton

Hobbiton "I'm going on an adventure!" - Bilbo Baggins And to get to our adventure, we stepped aboard a coach at the tourist office in Matamata. Our driver, who had the rare privilege of being an extra in the films, provided commentary, and so did Peter Jackson,...

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Rotorua

Rotorua

Rotorua The sulphurous pong of Rotorua assaulted our nostrils as soon as we got near the city centre. After parking the car in a relatively odour-free multi-story, we set off on a hunt to find the source of the smell. We found it near the government gardens, where...

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Kerikeri and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Kerikeri and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Kawakawa Just one week after messing around at the All Blacks Experience, we were off again - this time up north towards Kerikeri. On the way to Kerikeri, just off Highway One (think more A33 than M1), the lovely town of Kawakawa offers a scenic break and the chance...

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Auckland and The All Blacks

Auckland and The All Blacks

All Blacks Experience A trip to New Zealand wouldn't be complete without seeing the Blacks, at least in some form. So, after landing at Auckland airport after a visit to the UK, we drove to the city to see the All Blacks Experience through four bleary eyeballs. And...

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Riverside Festivities and Rural Whangarei

Riverside Festivities and Rural Whangarei

Christmas in the Boatyard Granted, for some, sitting in a boatyard workshop drinking copious quantities of beer may not be regarded as a great Christmas. But even the hardiest curmudgeon would be hard-pressed not to see this as fun. Every Friday, the staff at...

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Coromandel

Coromandel

Coromandel Road Trip One week after our trip to Melbourne, we were off again - this time on a road trip to the Coromandel peninsular, east of Auckland. The drive down there is stunning, almost everywhere in New Zealand is beautiful. Our first stop was at a bed and...

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Down Under

Down Under

Dogging in Philip Island I've left this a bit late. But, in my weak defence, there is so much to do and see in New Zealand that it's hard to find the time to sit down and write about what we have been up to. It's now May 2024, so this post is a large rewind to late...

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Fiji to New Zealand

Fiji to New Zealand

Balls up at Denarau Well, that didn’t work out well. Despite several emails and a couple of phone calls, just as we entered the channel to pick up our reserved mooring at Denarau Marina, we were told we were too big. I assume they meant the boat and didn’t aim that as...

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Fiji

Fiji

A quicker than expected sail from Tonga through a maze of reefs leads us to the beautiful islands of Fiji – and Paradise.

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The Kingdom of Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga

A brisk two day sail brings us to the Vava’u group of islands in Tonga where we swim with whales – twice – dodge the wind and explore this beautiful archipelago.

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Niue

Niue

We sail over 1,000 miles from Bora Bora to the tiny island country of Niue.

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Farewell French Polynesia

Farewell French Polynesia

As we bid farewell to French Polynesia, the allure of Niue, Tonga, and Fiji beckons us westward. These are our last days in French Polynesia.

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Not Cool:  Gear Overboard and Broken Freezer in Tahiti

Not Cool: Gear Overboard and Broken Freezer in Tahiti

Gear overboard With the washing machine installed, it was time to deal with the sticking sheave on the Genoa track. Not something I was looking forward to. But, after reading comments from others who had done it before, I felt like I half knew what to do and set about...

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Tuamotus

Tuamotus

From Nuku Hiva to Raroia After a day and a half of superb sailing, the wind fizzled out to little more than a zephyr, so we motored the other day and a half towards Raroia. Easing our way through the pass at midday, we made our way to the east side of the atoll to...

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