|Looking SW across the harbour towards Auckland|
|Torpedo Bay in the foreground and Devonport village to the right|
|Looking east from the WW1 gun emplacements towards the island of Rangitoto. The island only rose above the water when the volcano erupted about 600 years ago|
|'Sling another prawn on the barbie' as they say in these parts|
A very enjoyable day! And, true to form, Graham fell asleep at about 00.30am, still clutching his quarter-full champagne glass:
|Thanks to Adam for this shot!|
2016 has opened with a couple of days of rain and gales here but the sunshine is due to return in a couple of days (if only the same could be said for Cumbria and SW Scotland at the moment, where storms and floods seem to be following each other with relentless regularity). We'll be leaving Auckland on Monday and spending a few days cruising gently northwards; the very vague plan is to head back to Opua and then sail further north up the east coast of Northland to explore bays and harbours that, so far, we have only seen from the car. It has been great to have a base in the city for the last month but we are looking forward to returning to wilder anchorages.