After a mad dash at Honolulu internation airport and boarding our plane just in time, we caught our breath, settled in for our nine hour, uneventful flight to Aukland. Arriving at just after nine in the evening a couple of friends with whom we were to stay, kindly picked us up. Aukland is a beautiful coastal city of 1.486 million people of a total population of 4.43. million(2012).There is an eclectic mix of nationals making the city divers and cosmopolitan.image

03.11.13 Came up to Kerikeri on the west coast. The four hour journey took us about six hours as we took our time calling at Warkworth, Wellsford, Kaiwaka, Whangarei, and Kawakawa. We passed beautiful pastures, forrested areas and rolling green verdent topography.

08.11.13 Went up to the north Cape Reanga, taking in a walk through a Kauri forest. We passed Manginangina, Doubtless Bay, Cable Bay, Kaitaia, the Taopay peninsula (at this point it is only 12 klms.between the east and west coast).

17.11.13 Came across to Thames and then over to the Coromadel and are doing some “wuffing”. The location is idyllic, (Whitianga) set in Flaxmill Bay, which sits within a larger bay called Mercury Bay. In 1769 Captain Cook was sent here at the behest of the Geographic Society back in the UK to make observations of  the transit of the planet  Mercury.image