Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
We are anchored in Man o’ War Bay, Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf. It’s calm, sunny and very, very beautiful. We were here for NYE and – much to our surprise and delight – there were no dragged anchors, drunken fools, or badly behaved yobs, despite the wind swinging 180 degrees soon after midnight, with the potential to cause complete chaos. In fact, we were the last boat to bed at around 2.30. We had friends on board for drinks and a BBQ and a bevvie or three. A really fun evening.
And we shaped up well enough to do a hike today to Stoney Batter on the NE tip of the island – stunning scenery and the Pohutakawa trees are all covered in crimson flowers!
Plans from here are… vague. We’ll hang around here a few more days – the sun is shining (though the water’s too chilly for my liking!) and the fish are biting.
In case you were wondering, we managed to hook a couple more snapper on Christmas morning, just in time for five of us to have one each for lunch! Yummo.
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Happy New Year! What a special place to be for the celebrations. I love Waiheke. All the best for 2015, and hope to see you somewhere soon!