New Zealand May – Aug 2008
11:45Am our time Mon 4th we are at the customs dock awaiting check out. Jim has gone in Whangarei to get our STUFF! Bruce from customs has already been here, a little bit of mis timing but we will (I think) get out today. There are about 6 other boats leaving today also, a couple more tomorrow, so we’ll have company out there. We;ll be about 6 or 7 days to Vanuatu. If weather does get back we can go to New Cal, it’s a little closer.
Hope to hear from Brad before he boards the plane, still not done crying everytime I think about leaving him on that dock. I know he had fun with the kids last night, they are a very interesting family.
Aug 3, 2008
We pulled away from Bayswater about 3:15, crossed the bay to the fuel dock and by 3:55 we were headed out of the channel. It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride. It’s about 3:45am and we’re about 9 1/2 miles to Whangarei. of couse we’ll hang out til dayligt before going in.
I cannot tell you how hard it was leaving Brad on that dock. Errol and Cherly came to say goodby also Peter.
Brad is supposed to call us when he gets to the airport think we’ll still have NZ cell couverage.
Will write more later
Aug 2, 2008
Plan R “the Newest Plan”
Aug 1, 2008
Plan Q “The new Plan”
We are planning to leave New Zealand our Monday Aug 4th. Looks like a weather window will open up and we’re going for it. We will leave Auckland on Sunday and check out of Whangarei on Monday. Brad has decided not to do the passage with us, he has to start school on the 18th so he will leave here on Monday also. Gosh am I going to miss him! He will be a junior this year and it’s important he not miss any school.
JULY 30 2008
SAME OL’— SAME OL’
We are still sitting at the dock at the Bayswater Marina it is close to 10:00pm our time, it is raining and the wind is blowing 30 to 40 kts.
Jim and I went to immigration today to extend our visa as it expires on the 4th, got soaked going and coming. We might get a weather break on Monday, but we’ll have to check the long range forecast to be sure we can make the passage to Fiji or Vanatu. Another boat here is also looking at the same window so we’d have a travel buddy.. our cruising time is running out so we do hope to get out and gone.
We are all doing great Jim wants to fish, Brad wants to surf and I want someplace warm!
July 21, 2008
Monday in NZ
July 21, 2008
Well I just don’t know what to say, we are going into the marina where Cheryl and Errol are in a few, 9:00am our time. (YOU DO KNOW WE DIDN’T LEAVE YESTERDAY) Need to check the weather window if we can’t leave soon we are going to have to by-pass Fiji this year, new rules state cannot re-enter Fiji for 9 months. We would rather wait and go in June instead of going now and only getting to stay a couple of weeks then not be able to go back next year.
We have been at anchor for 2 nights, good to be out. got the dink in the water, Brad got to run around in circles.
We are a little down at the fact we might not get to leave soon. at least we have another view of the bridge and sky tower. Maybe at the marina we can have internet service.
We will let you know what our plans are just as soon as we know.
July 20, 2008
Back to Plan A
We got a call just before we were to leave for Whangarei telling us we could not check out and get our STUFF on Sunday. SO we are anchored at one of the island out from Auckland. Monday we will check the weather and decide if we should stay here or try for Fiji. We were all ready to leave, had our minds set to go.
OH WELL!! Jim and Brad are going to fish tomorrow, maybe we’ll move to another location, we’ll see
July 18, 2008
Change of Plans
July 18, 2008
Tomorrow (your Friday) we are going to leave here and go to some of the beautiful island around Auckland. We will have wifi till we leave, then ocens email after mid morn here. We are waiting on a part that is coming from Australia should be here around Tues. weather window is not good for us to head out for someplace else.
Brad and I went into the skytower today, WOW!!! what a view we could see the boat not sure if we got any good pix, today was very overcast and somewhat foggy. Tonight we went back to that area and had Mexican, not great but ok! Jim and Brad have a hot game of cards going then we’re settling in for a movie.
July 17, 2008
July 15, 2008
we are in the downtown Auckland area. really pretty, there are thousands of sailboats moored around today we got to witness a boat being launched that Errol and his son helped build. A 70 footer and they parked her right beside us, she’s a bute!
They got the generator pulled out today and the new one is sitting on the back, tomorrow they will lift it in, then it will be a day or so to reconnect all the stuf.
Brad and I have been playing with my new camera and tripod tonight, think Brad has a new love.
weather has been better, still cold and we have no heat till everything gets done, or trip here was so nice, we had two perfect days on the water our night at anchor sure did feel good the bay was breath taking. will try to send pix. we don’t have real good wifi.Martha
July 14, 2008
we had the greatest day on the water FINALLY got to do what we came here to do. We left Whangarei before daylight fog was heavy, had to take it slow. By the time we got to the point in the river where Channel Vista B & B is it was clear enough to see Paul and Braia and their grandson bidding us farewell. We had calm seas and sunshine the whole day. We are on the east coast of New Zealand in the Bon Accord Harbor at Kawau Island. The cove we are in is breathtaking, and had a great sunset to boot. Jim and Brad fished, but no catching.
We are about 3 hours from Auckland, we spoke with Errol (Ivey-Ruby) he and Cheryl are there. They made reservations for us at the marina where they are staying. They will join us for dinner on the boat tomorrow night. We hope the workers will start on the generator in the next day or so. We’ll let you know our plans when we know.
July 13, 2008
tomorrow just about daylight we’ll be heading out of Whangarei, we think the tide will be right so we can be on our way, it will be more than a day trip, we hope to anchor at an island out from Auckland tomorrow night. We’ll see how things go, we do know how to go in circles.
Don’t know exactly how long we will be there, we’re hoping not over a week. Then we’ll reevaluate time and go from there.
July 10, 2008
In the Water
We went out and back in the water again. Stabilizers are fixed and working. We will be heading to Auckland Sun or Mon to have a new generator installed. Yep we’re on the move, just not very far. We have been having issues with the generator ever since we got in the water. Was decided today we either needed to spend a lot more time working on it or going to Auckland and having a new one intalled. Tony made the call and they have one in stock, will take about a week to get it done. Then we’ll decide where we’ll go from there. It’s news just not great news. Of course we are very disapointed not to be heading for Fiji, but that will come, just not next week.
Tonight we went to a going away part for Sharon, the lady in the office at Dockland 5. Great food, fun people. There were 3 teenage girls for Brad to visit with. All is good.
July 9, 2008
We had a good first night on the boat, of course Jim snored. Brad got to stretch all the way out. He didn’t wake up until 11:30am. Tomorrow they will pull us out again at noon. Tony will be here and we’ll get then fin replaced.
When Jim opened the emails this am, the computer shut down and went to the blue screen, lost all the emails, we had 4 or 5. So please pass along to resend them.
July 8, 2008
July 7, 2008
July 5 2008
As of 9am today we are back on the hard, yesterday as we were getting the SPECIAL BLEND ready to leave the first of the week we noticed water in the bilge, after some inspection realized it was coming in around the stabilizer. A quick call to Charlie at Dockland 5 to pull us back out and to Tony Westmar Stabilizer in Auckland, we would not be in Fiji next week.
We have had some very bad weather last night and today, cold ,rain ,high winds and hail. Tony hit a patch of hail and flipped his truck on his way to Whangarei. Could have been much worse, there are some really bad twist and turns and in someplaces no where to go but straight off a moutain. He was shaken up, few cuts and bruises, but he hopes to see us in a day or two.
So for now we are back at the Channel Vista B & B, fact is we never got all our things moved out of here yesterday, just a matter of unpacking our toothbrushes.
we will update as soon as we have an idea of just what we’re doing.
Much love to all,
June 28, 2008
We are still in New Zealand, SPECIAL BLEND is still on the hard. Christy flew home on the 25th not ever getting a night on the boat. We did have a wonderful tour around NZ. Christy and Brad did a 300ft repel into the Waitomo caves, and Brad did a roll down the hill in the Zorb ball. We have been to the Tasman sea and the kauri forest on the west coast. Below Auckland to Hamilton, LakeTaupo and Rotaroua(the geothermal area). Many day trips North of Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. Christy and Brad also walked thru the Abby caves and toured the glow worm caves. We ate a lot, laughed much and enjoyed our time together in our 2 room B&B. Our car is a green “rent a dent” stationwagon. It was all it could do to climb the steep moutains and the fact that Jim drives 45miles an hour doesn’t help much. A 45 min trip took us a good 2 hours.
We have our fingers crossed that we will be in the water next week. We will still have to check out all the systems (watermaker, generator ect.) and make sure we have a good weather window, THEN we’ll head to Fiji.
Love to all,
June 20, 2008
We are so excited that we might get to leave here soon, the pres of westmar called Jim yesterday AM from the states just to be sure everything was going OK. We guess you can call his cell phone from the USA, but I’m sure it is not cheap.
June 20, 2008
HEY!!! we have been in the woods! We are in a very nice, huge place tonight in Hamilton! lots of room to stretch and no stinky couches. We are headed to Waitomo caves tomorrow. Brad and I are going to go down a 100 meter drop into the cave, I am so excited I may not sleep. It is something I saw when I got here and realized it was too far away. Here we are! Brad and I suit up at 9:30 am.
It is soo Beautiful here. We saw the Tazman Sea yesterday and it took my breath away. Mom will send pictures soon. I love you all and hope you are well, send me a note and hopefully we can skype in the am.
June 15, 2008
Christy’s view as it rains
Christy’s new look notice how L-O-N-G her legs are
Classy lady, in Jim’s pants and shoes and 4 layers on top. It was a bit rainy and cold
New Zealand in the misty rain Fathers Day 2008
Jim and Brad on trout stream
THIS JUST SAYS IT ALL!!!
June 13, 2008
No word today on the stabilizers—- so here we are another week. Weather closes in for the next few days. Maybe well be good by the end of next week.
June 12, 2008
June 10, 2008
June 9, 2008
these formations were at the Glow Worm caves
really tall tree, make our little green “rent a dent” car look really small
Easy drive on the ferry
June 6, 2008
We are still here, no word on the westmars today. So we’ll be here at least thru next week. We are going to do some riding around the Northland tomorrow (Sat) I think Christy has decided it’s really to cold to dive.
We are working on the boat daily, new carpet is down looks good, also got some new covers for the salon pillows. Whole new look!
June 5, 2008
Brad got a surf board today, he and Christy might do a scuba dive in the next day or so. I do hope we get away from here soon so Christy can get to Fiji in time to do something.
Erroll and his wife (Ivey Ruby) are coming to visit us on Sunday, will be good to see them again.
Still has been cold raining off and on. We’ll be so glad to leave and get warm.
June 4, 2008
I did catch Christy on first day of work.
Jim tries to look happy about westmars
85 foot drop
Miss all of you much, hope you are well.
June 3, 2008
We went to the yatchies get together tonight at Reva’s, then on to Danger-Danger for dinner. Gail and Daivd (5th Season) joined us. Nice to catch up with them, they are leaving Monday headed back to Tonga and American Samoa for the season then back to NZ.
June 1, 2008
We are safe and sound! We had a great time in LA yesterday…or the day before. It is noon Sunday, June 1 here. I can mark May 31 off of my calendar, I just skipped right over it. That is so weird to me. Anyway, hope you are well! I will have wi fi for about a week, so I can check aol email. The boat wont be ready as soon as we hoped. The good news is that I will be able to see more of NZ than I thought. It is just gorgeous here! Beautiful and cold. Most buildings do not have heat…Brrr! I will be bundled up! Take care…
June 1, 2008
We had a real foggy morning drive from Auckland to Whangarei Jim dun good we’re here safe and sound. Now the sun is out and our view is beautiful.
We hope to hear from the stabilizer people tomorrow if not we’re gonna sick Christy on them hopeing they’ll be glad to get our stuff soon and get her off their back.
May 31, 2008
We had hoped to have dinner with Errol and Cherly (Ivey Ruby) but they are on their boat at one of New Zealands out island for the long weekend. It’s the Queens birthday you know! Glad we came today, it did rain most of the day and coming round these moutains in the dark and rain is no fun. Hope tommorrow will be a pretty day so the crew can enjoy the sights. Probably be a week or so before the boat gets in the water.
May 28, 2008
We are at the boat IT IS NOT RAINING and we have sun, we are so proud. Have gotten several things done today.
Jim has been able to pull stuff out of the garage and put it on the back porch and try to do some rearranging, first time we’ve been able to do this. I got the carpet ordered with a promise it would be ready by mid next week.
Have done more laundry AND been to the store to get ideas for stocking up. Still having foot and hand issues, (Martha slipped and fell..cut her hand and her foot is black and blue) will be better after a hand full of advil. So far no Betty Crocker instant potatoes, but I’m still looking I’m sure some store has some kind. My not be the REAL thing, but it’ll work.
May 27, 2008
May 25, 2008
May 23, 2008
view out of back when raining
view out back door when NOT raining!
May 22, 2008
May 21, 2008
It’s 6:00PM your time, Dad and I are going to Auckland to take the stabilizers to be repaired, Westmar has dropped the ball in our lap…. SO it’s our dollar if we want them fixed. The people say we can have them soon??????
May 20, 2008
Jim did fish a stream and hooked a nice size trout and had several more bites. I was somewhere taking pictures of flowers!
Hope everyone is doing well, miss all.
note steam in the back, it is being harnessed.
snow in the background
a bit foggy, -2*C…28*F
May 19, 2008
We are at the Kings Gate in Whangarei just for today, this PM we are going
to look at a place that we can unpack our bags for a few days.
Westmar stabilizer people are in a conflab about who is to do what. SOOOOO we are on the hard til the stabilizer holes have something in them. Hopefully within a week. The small fuel tank is being fixed, whole new bottom had to be welded
Yesterday in Auckland we found a shopping center, one of the Westfield
chains, it had a K-Mart. They had the most realistic prices we have seen
anywhere. Ashame it’s so far away.
May 18, 2008
We went trout fishing today we both got 1 keeper, had to release several that were too small. Lake Taupo is something to behold, 300 ft deep for most of it. 600 ft deep in the deepest part, 28 miles by 18 miles. It is a volcano crater. Water is clear as a bell.
I have sent some pixs of NZ
May 15, 2008
Yesterday we had breakfast and were leaving Tauranga(?) got on the wrong road out of town and low and behold I got whip lash, there was Rasa Manis on the hard right at the road side. We whipped around and drove into the boat yard. Jim got out to see if Tom or Ellen were around. Tom peeped his head out of the boat, boy was he surprised. Ellen was in town having coffee with Katie (ASLYUM). We spent a few minutes talking with Tom and decided to stay another night and visit with boating family. We went on a tour of a kiwi farm picked some fruit and went to the packing house. Learned all we ever want to know about packing and shipping kiwi. No wonder it cost so much in the US.
We went to Tom and Ellen’s house for dinner, they are right on the beach——my what a view. Brad they also surf here, don’t know if we’ll have time to come back or not.
I must say we were all surprised to see each other and just kept smiling and hugging.
We do miss all of you so and it was nice to visit our families here.
Take care and let us hear from you all.
May 14, 2008
We are in Tauranga, central east coast of NZ. Very nice area, the drive was outstanding scenery, was almost dark when we arrived, so we’ll look around here tomorrow and maybe move on ,who knows. Jim wants to fish and we are heading to some lake somewhere!
I keep thinking there is something I have forgotten to do or say, just jitters of being away I guess. Things will settle down soon. We are still living out of the back of the car and suitcases. I’ll be glad when we can move home on the boat.
Well I have rambled on so I’ll say goodnight here————–good morning to you.
May 13, 2008
We just got back from dinner Bull on Bank, T-Bone night Jim was in heaven.
Last night we went to a Japanese place loved it also will take Christy and Brad
there. It has taken us this long to find good places to eat, and I did find
some warm cloths, NO jeans yet, may just wait on Christy.
Sure do miss talking to you all, I’ve had a bit of a lonely day, just
missing you, tomorrow will be better.
I got my flowers on Mothers day here and they are still beautiful. Hate to
leave tomorrow maybe they will still look good when we get back.
We will up date you as to where we are.
May 13, 2008
Dad and I are checking out of the hotel tomorrow, Tues your time, can reach us there until noon or after, your time, we are going to tour some by car. We’ll keep you posted as to where we will be. Will be a few days before the fuel tank and stabilizers will be put back, so dry dock till they do.
Hope all of you are well, please drop us a line or two often. We will have wifi on our trip (SOMEWHERE!)
May 12, 2008
We really have not been anywhere to ask about surf boards. We are going to take off tomorrow or next day. Maybe fly to south island( Christchurch) and take
a train across to the other side, rent a car there and drive awhile. We will
let you know just what we are doing. and a # where someone can reach us.
The stabilizers are off the boat( really big holes there) bottom to be
painted, fuel tank has to go back in on and on.
So we’ll play for a few days, I can’t really do anything or organize until
everything gets back in order.
Miss all of you lots,
May 12, 2008
Happy Mothers Day, thanks for my incredible flowers, they are red roses, yellow roses, some kind of yellow lily and lot of different kinds of greens in a free form design. Took lot of pix. will send them later.
We have the small fuel drop tank out of the boat has a hole in the middle of the bottom, no where near a fitting or seam, just a hole. That’s being patched, the bottom will be painted today or tomorrow, the stabilizer (westmar) people should be hear today—-maybe tomorrow. and Jim has a young guy working on the generator you know in one of the holes us old folk cannot contort to reach.
We hope to be in the water by the end of the week. got our fingers crossed anyway.
Let us hear from you soon. I’m on my way to buy some warm undies, I’m cold. OH! I did drive finally not too bad, just have to think and not be on auto.
Miss all of you,
May 11, 2008
WHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE I HAD WHEN WE GOT BACK FROM PULLING THE TANK OUT OF THE BOAT. I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU ALL DID THAT. BROUGHT TEARS. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD MOTHERS DAY TOMORROW (TODAY)
OH MY I JUST CAN’T GET OVER JUST HOW BEAUTIFUL THE FLOWERS ARE, I WILL SEND YOU PIX.
I sure do miss all of you so, we are good, weather was great today, we took
a ride out to the coast. Brad we found a place for you to rent a surf board
and surf. That is if you don’t freeze.
This is a beautiful country. We are going to a boaties cookout with Kip
and Denise tonight at their marina, think that is where we’ll go when we
finally get in the water. They are leaving for Fiji tomorrow, it is about
7 to 10 day trip. number of boats are leaving this week several will leave
about the time we do
May 10, 2008
Nothing to take pix of so far and no way to really send them, hopefully we will be in the marina sometime next week. Jim has lot of workers lined up for the first part of the week. He is pulling the small drop tank that he thinks the leak is in, not an easy job.
May 9, 2008
Hey there, our day is just beginning 8:30am and you day is almost done. 4:30pm the day before.??????????????? strange.
We are good, it’s been raining and cool, actually down right cold.
Christy will be glad when you get here with my jeans. I tried to by some in
a store that’s a lot like KMart. Those China people and me aren’t the same
size. Gonna look some place else.
I still haven’t driven, I’m chicken!!!
Jim got people lined up today to do some work on the boat, he has found
(THINK) the fuel leak and the drop tank has to be pulled out, THEN we need
Mike Griffin or Mike Duggan to come to wood repair!! Thank goodness it’s in
a spot no one will see, UNLESS the floor in the bedroom has to come up
Sure do miss all of you, talking every day was such a treat, just don’t
realize it when it is so easy.
Keep us posted on everyone, we still don’t have wifi to the boat, this is
at the hotel $2.00 for 15min in their lobby. I will get the address and
phone numbers here so if the need should arise you could leave us a message
here. Denise does have wifi where she is. Hopefully we can be there in a
week or so.
May 6, 2008
Finally got the Iridium phone working think the antenna was not hooked up right. We rented a car (rent-a-dent) for the month. Not pretty but it runs.
Jim is still looking for the fuel leek. I have put almost everything away I can for the moment now I am washing cloths that have been sitting for 6 months. Guess those stains on Jim’s shirts are set for good.
I am going to try driving today, I feel like Brad, first time for everything!!! Learn as you go!!
Hope all of you are doing good.
May 4, 2008
Home at Last
finally on the boat Monday around 9:00am, still on the hard and will be for a while. Denise from Adelia came to welcome us, good to see her. We did buy a cell phone so we can talk with the people that will be working on the boat
YEAH FOR US OUR BAGS JUST ARRIVED!!!! everything looks in tact. Feels like Christmas, some were gifts, thanks!
Jim is foaming at the mouth to get the boat washed lots of dirt, think we will stay in a hotel tonight kinda cool and we have no heat.
We are good and are anxious to do somethings around here, one thing at a time, wash boat and unpack boxes. FIRST!
Miss all of you, please keep in touch,
May 2, 2008
Stuck in LA
As you know we missed our flight in LA Quantas was no help so we rented a car and stayed in the Marroitt we stayed in several years ago. Today we will tour around then be on the plane at 8:30 tonight .
May 1 , 2008
The Crew was dropped off at the Orlando Airport….we will get details of the flights after they get settled in.