We've just left Whangarie, a large (ish) city south of Opua and north of Auckland where the river meanders up almost ten miles from the sea to deliver you into a very nice marina right in the hear of town. We've had a fairly frenetic couple of days taking full advantage of the great shops and local services.
We're now heading back towards Opua where we'll be for a week or so for our haul-out. Some photos to follow when we get back there and we hope that our newly-fettled pc will be good for more reliable Skype calls now it has had extra memory installed; we look forwards to chatting to friends and family.
The coastline is spectacular and even the Marsden Point oil refinery looked strangely pretty in the sunset last night.