Author Archives: Heather

Mystery Tour of The Bay of Islands

  November 12th 2016 We had all decided to take a day to explore, Paul and Trish wanted to do a mystery tour, meaning you take turns to decide at each junction which way to go, left or right. No maps just drive in whatever direction takes your fancy and see where you end up. […]

Nightmare (Attempted) Trip to Fatu-Hiva

(this post is out of sequence, posted late, apologies) April – May 2016 Our two months in Nuku Hiva, Marquises Islands were spent between the main bay of Taiohae (which we nicknamed T-Bay) and Anaho Bay, located on the north end of the island. This hadn’t exactly been in keeping with our initial plan of […]

New Zealand, We Have Arrived

  Since I was eleven years old I’ve dreamed of New Zealand, the one place on earth I’ve really wanted to visit, maybe even live! Today, Sunday 12th November 2016, at 2;30pm, New Zealand appeared on the horizon, the seas calmed, the wind picked up, and we headed towards her all sails fully up and […]

The New Zealand Passage “from Hell”

  I always knew the passage to New Zealand was going to be bad, as so many cruisers had been keen to share tales of horror on this particular passage, which is why I refused to do the passage without crew. And Hell Yeah, It certainly lived up to its reputation of being rough, providing […]

The Sea-Saw Effect !

On a passage one has lots of time to think and daydream, resurrect memories and past experiences both good and bad that take you hurtling back to your past. Anyone who knows me will be fully aware that I have a memory like a sieve; most of the time I barely remember what happened last […]

Niue, Day Out, Contd…

  Matura Chasm at Hikutavake was just spectacular, the short walk down through the butterfly filled forest lead us into a chasm and out to a deep narrow rock pool between two towering cliffs of coral and limestone. The crystal clear water reflected the colors blue and turquoise of the sky above. The water looked […]

Niue, An Amazing Island

  Prior to leaving Tahiti, Niue was an Island I had never heard of. Although the glowing reports that had filtered through from other cruisers who had previously stopped there on their way to New Zealand, said that Niue was an Island not to be missed. 1,100 nautical miles west of Bora Bora, and 600 […]

Niue, An Amazing Island

  Prior to leaving Tahiti, Niue was an Island I had never heard of. Although the glowing reports that had filtered through from other cruisers who had previously stopped there on their way to New Zealand, said that Niue was an Island not to be missed. 1,100 nautical miles west of Bora Bora, and 600 […]

Day Out in Huahine

  The Secluded Island   This tropical, lush and scarcely developed little island is actually two islands; joined by a bridge. Huahine Nui (big Huahine), to the north, and Huahine Iti (Little huahine) to the south. Huahine Nui is home to the bustling little village of Fare, with most of the tourist and administrative facilities, […]

Rum, Vanilla & Pearls

  Tahaa, the Vanilla Island.   We weighed anchor at 7:30am heading around the coast to Haamene Bay, where we hoped to find a car rental. Unfortunately, while the guide we are using book is very informative, it’s also very out of date. Things change quickly out here, and little is as it says it […]