After a really good City Break, we're leaving Auckland today in bright sunshine to go and sail around the Hauraki Gulf. We've thoroughly enjoyed the city and even did the touristy thing to go up the Sky Tower the other day - 220m up at the Observation Deck gives you a pretty good view of the harbour.
There's another Photosynth view from the tower here
and a second here
As we were preparing Maunie for sea yesterday we had a visitor call in for afternoon tea - Neil Murray is head of the Coastguard Boating Education operation here (they run Yachtmaster courses and similar) and he was the skipper of the first Challenge yacht that we sailing on for a crossing from Plymouth to St Malo back in 1999! Small world!