We left Bundaberg (with Ellida - safely tucked up in the Port Marina) and took the Tilt Train to Brisbane, where we stopped overnight before catching a flight to Auckland.
Just a short hop compared with the flights that we have been used to over the last few years, but quite a change in temperature on arrival in NZ, but still pleasant - it is summer after all.
We have a car booked and before long we are on the road North, heading towards Whangarei. All familiar sights and it's nice to be back. We had arranged to stay with our friends Len and Kathryn, owners of MARY HARRIGAN a beautiful, classic schooner. However Len and Kathryn, now New Zealand residents, also have a land base in Parua Bay on the outskirts of Whangarei while the Mary H has an extensive refit.
It's always good to see friends and the house is beautiful. The back garden overlooks the Bay where there are yachts at anchor and the scenery is mountainous.
We also have a chance to pop to Opua on the Bay of Islands and meet with Derek and Anthea (SUKANUK), Ruth and Angus (Do-It) and several other cruising friends.
Soon it is time to make the journey South to Auckland. Still another week before Ian, Nikki and the boys arrive, but we shall stay in the rented house with Nikki's Mum and Dad, Carole and Brian.
On the way, we call into the park at Wenderholm. It was a regular stop whenever we drove South, it is such a beautiful area.
House in the park grounds at Wenderholm.