View Full Version : friday here. Auckland tourism day on the WBF...

John B
11-10-2005, 09:48 PM
Yes folks its tourism day on the WBF because I along with the the whole fang damily went to dinner last night to celebrate Nanna's birthday.
And the place was the sky tower with its moving floor. So naturally I was able to take some poor and compromised photographs of Auckland harbour in the dwindling light. :D Our cruising ground in other words.Well, we get out of the harbour as fast as we can but.....

This is west north west looking across Westhaven marina( where Waione lives) and out to ze harbour bridge

looking more North across Takapuna out to Whangaparoa and Tiri Tiri island.
and panning right again to the north east the extinct volcano island Rangitoto ( where we will be tomorrow hopefully)
and just a fraction further around to the east you can see Browns island, Motuhuie island and Waiheke island with the loom of the Coromandel ranges in the background
also if you look at the right hand middle of that last photo you can see the new marina development going in at Okahu bay... thats where we haul each year.

[ 11-10-2005, 09:50 PM: Message edited by: John B ]

11-10-2005, 11:04 PM
Thanks, John.


11-10-2005, 11:20 PM
Wow ! It's really pretty even with the weird coloration. Such a nice view. smile.gif

I stayed in the Hyatt Auckland and it had a view very much like that.

Beatutful place alright! :cool:

11-11-2005, 12:52 AM
Hey - points of order:

It isn't "ze harbour bridge" - its the Nippon Clip-on


are you sure its "the extinct volcano island Rangitoto" IIRC, this thing only popped up 900 years or so back. Extinct? Dormant?

BTW - did you enjoy the glass floor with the 300' (?) or so drop underneath your feet? :D


Have a nice weekend.

11-11-2005, 12:46 PM
What's the saying about Coromandel?

"Coromandel exists so that Auckland yachtmen will be sheltered from the Pacific swell"

;- )

And I proudly wear my Colville Coop T-shirt here in California just to confuse everyone...it was a must-see for us counterculture tourists.

[ 11-11-2005, 01:31 PM: Message edited by: Thorne ]

Paul G
11-11-2005, 05:17 PM
The colville store! I have often planned to sail there, but have been afraid of tie-dyes and lentil burgers (nothing to do with the unpredictable hauraki gulf with its 60 gale days a year)

11-13-2005, 02:21 PM
Once made the mistake of eating a pie from the colville store.... the trip is more memorable than it perhaps should be for the number of hurried stops needed on the gravel roads.... :D

John B
11-13-2005, 03:26 PM
I spent a hell night in that 'harbour' trying to shelter behind the little hook on the southern side in a screaming sou wester. We rolled our rails under all night .It was one of those weeks where the forecasters got it wrong and we ended up leaving the next day in a 20 knot breeze( and 20 knot marine forecast) which then turned into 30 plus through Colville channel. As we came into GT Barrier we were sliding down 12 or 14 ft seas that were about 60 ft long .A guy we met after who saw us from the passage we were heading for said he could see the whole length of the deck as we raced down the waves...
Pretty stressful trip and our eldest was only a year old at the time..

So Colville... haven't been back since :D

11-14-2005, 09:57 AM
Gosh -- our trip seems really tame in comparison! I'll admit we just got the T-shirt and a hat, passed (no pun intended) on the lentil burgers.

We hit this traffic jam on the way to Port Charles, and got the hire car a bit soiled...



[ 11-14-2005, 09:58 AM: Message edited by: Thorne ]

John B
11-14-2005, 02:32 PM
There's some challenging roads on the Coromandel Thorne.( as you know) :D