SEA TRIPS (PART 1)
Our friends had something very special in mind on how to entertain us over weekends … sea trips on their yacht, Paragon!
I must admit – I’m not a keen sailor … the closest you’ll get me to the water, is in my kayak on our local lagoon … not too deep water 😁 … get the picture?
Well, to experience a new country, you sometimes need to be a little bit more adventurous. So, we joined them a couple of times on trips … and it was actually great (when the sea was calm!)
We left one Saturday morning in March – bright and early – to overnight (in their yacht) in the bay of Waiheke Island, before returning the next day.
The famous Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Sky Tower in the middle of Auckland City
It was the first time that I saw a sunrise from a boat (or yacht for that matter) … and I must admit, it was spectacular!
What a beautiful sunrise!
Early morning fishermen eager to catch some fish
When I normally walk in nature on a beautiful day, my mind literally switches off … and to my surprise, it was almost the same on the yacht (after I got used to the sailing motion). It was the perfect day to be out on the sea, so much so, that Werner gave Berto an opportunity at the yacht’s steering wheel.
Berto at the steering wheel of Paragon
A beautiful day on calm waters
We were surprised by all the small islands as we left Auckland Harbour. Now that we’re out on sea, we could clearly see all these islands – it was great to sail so close to them. Werner stopped at one small island, where they dived in and swam to the beach.
An island with a tiny beach
Berto dive off Paragon to swim to the nearby beach
When we arrived at Waiheke Island, Werner took me and Pearl with the tender (the small boat at the back of the yacht) to the beach. The two of us walked over to a beautiful viewpoint – from here, we could see the bay where the yacht was anchored on the one side and Auckland City in the distance on the other side.
A sea view as seen from Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is the most populated and the second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. It is a haven of beautiful vineyards and olive groves. Should you want to take the ferry from downtown Auckland, it will be a 40-minute ride.
Nice walkways on Waiheke Island
Plenty of yachts in the bay at Waiheke Island
It was a perfect day to be either on land or sea
Back at the beach, Werner and Berto joined us and we took a walk up the hill to the little town center of Waiheke. There are many shops and restaurants and one can see at first glance that this is a very popular island to visit – tourists were filling the streets and little curio shops. We enjoyed a drink at one of the many bars overlooking the bay and returned late afternoon back to the yacht.
We enjoyed a late evening on the deck of the yacht, before we all went to bed.
The next morning was perfect weather for Berto, Werner and Pearl to take a swim in the bay, close to the yacht.
Time for a swim
We took our time when sailing back to Auckland harbour. By late afternoon we were moored again after a lovely weekend.