Opua -  Bay of Islands, New Zealand

After our tropical island landfalls, the passage down into the more southern latitudes that are home to New Zealand brought a change in climate, and in scenery. At the end of  a six day passage in sometimes quite boisterous conditions, the cloud shrouded coastline of a brilliantly green New Zealand was a very beautiful sight. After a year of heat, our bodies were feeling the chill in the air and we are unaccustomed to rugging up in woolen sweaters and socks. Adjusting to the climate change didn't stop us quickly getting down to work on a long list of maintenance tasks we want to attend to though. We haul Fallado out of the water in Ashby's boatyard in Opua and work right through to Christmas. Then we head off on a planned cruise to New Zealand's far south.  

New Zealand impressions                           click picture to enlarge

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