Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
Christmas 2014 was celebrated in grand style aboard Beez Neez with Pepe and Bear, our hosts, and Chris and Steve of Scott Free in Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
After New Year which we celebrated aboard Sheer Tenacity, and a final paint touch up in the boatyard, we headed out into the Bay of Islands for a bit of R & R.
|Sheer, looking good in Upunga Bay|
|Fresh snapper for supper|
We travelled down to Wellington passing through New Plymouth.
|An unusual bridge on the foot path framing Mount Taranaki|
In Wellington we boarded the Interislander Ferry to cross the Cook Straits to the South Island.
From Picton, we drove along the north coast, past the Queen Charlotte Sound, to begin our counter clockwise trip around the south island.
|Split Apple Rock in the Abel Tasman National Park.|
|We stopped at the strange "Pannekoek" rocks which looked just like stack of pancakes.|
|Mount Cook reflected in Lake Matheson|
|The Maori symbol "Koru" is inspired by the tree fern shoots.|
|The Fox Glacier which comes right down to 250m above sea level!|
|The glacier terminal|
Then it was on to Te Anau and Milford Sound
From there we went down to the Bluff near Invercargill which was the southernmost point of our journey.
|"The World's Fastest Indian" displayed in a hardware shop in Invercargill|
And through farmlands .......
Fruit and veg shopping in Blue Lagoon
|Musket Cove on Malolo lailai|
|A dancer at the Meke (feast) we attended at Blue Lagoon|
|Coral exposed at a King low tide|
From Aneityum we sailed north to Port Resolution, Tanna Island to visit Mt Yasur, an active volcano
After the very exciting visit to the volcano, we set off to New Caledonia, a French island 260nm from Tanna
|Port Moselle, Noumea|
|Farewell drinks with Scott Free, heading for Newcastle while we were bound for Bundaberg|
A mahimahi for the freezer
A couple of weeks after arriving in Bundy and some major repairs completed, we hauled out and Sheer Tenacity was settled into dry storage for her 4 month stay
We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe 2016!