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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Friday, 28 March 2014

The end of the 8 week camping adventure

We've just arrived in Auckland and unloaded the tent from the roof rack into friends' garage for safekeeping at the end of a brilliant 2 months' tour. The car and tent combination worked superbly well and we only slept indoors on 5 nights in the whole trip. The last few days saw some really sunny weather during the day but cold and dewy nights so we took extra care to get the tent properly dried and aired at our last campsite in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Camping with the sheep at Lake Tutira just north of Napier

A great walk above the camp

You need to take the 'falling rocks' road signs seriously in these parts!
We detoured up to the town of Whitianga on Coromandel to have lunch with Staffan and Eleanor - they sail a lovely Halberg Rassy called Salsa and we met them in an anchorage in Spain. They've made Whitianga their base for a few months and the children Andreas and Erika are loving the local school. Staffan writes an excellent blog with daily updates on all sorts of things and he and Graham had a good conversation about how our voyaging experiences might be turned into something useful (in terms of business) back home.

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