Friday, February 25, 2011


Whangaroa is a beautiful enclosed bay north of the Bay of Islands.  We got away for a weekend there. Weekend!  For cruisers, every day is supposed to be a weekend.
But, when you've hired tradespeople, you follow their schedule.

Whangaroa has lots of low steep hills and exposed basalt towers, not unlike the Marquesas, but small.  This area is probably older and the volcanic terrain is more eroded.

  We went for a hike up a long (small) river valley.  Although the weather isn't hot, it's warm and moist enough that the bush is very jungle-like.  It looks very exotic to us.  Despite recent rain, there were few bugs.  Nice!

Sunday afternoon, back to Opua to finish the canvas work.  $$$$ again...

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