|The best of our five months in New Zealand was spent on the many
Islands surrounding this Island nation. This little section of our web
site will try and give you a bit of a feel for the delightful islands.
favorite island was Great Barrier Island. This big
island shoulders aside the large waves of the open South Pacific Island
protecting the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland area. We visited this mystical
place four times. Each subsequent time was better than the last. We
thoroughly explored the bays and hills of the island and tasted the
fruits of its waters. Great Barrier Island is pretty cool.
Check out some more pictures
Water Beach is a pretty interesting place. The beach is
exactly as the name implies. A beach where the water runs hot. A hot
spring trickles through the sand and if you carve out a little hole in
the sand, it will fill with hot water.
Cove is right next door to Hot Water Beach. The cove has great
marble cliffs, arches and clear warm water. We anchored in Cathedral
Cove but a swell came up making it uncomfortable on board. To escape
the swell we zipped around the corner into Cooks Bay, spend the night,
then came back to enjoy a day in the cove.
Kawau Island is another fantastic Kiwi Island. At the
start of the last century a copper mining company developed the Island.
The operation left a few holes in the ground and buildings that are
still in use. A prior Governor of New Zealand cleaned up the site and
developed the island into a resort. A quick slide show is
Poor Knights Islands were named by Captain Cook when he
"discovered" the islands in the 18th Century. The Islands have the best
diving in new Zealand and are a designated marine sanctuary. One of the
unique features of the islands is the largest accessible sea cave in the
world. This cave was formed when the islands were in a volcanic state
and a big bubble of gas formed in the molten rock. We sailed the dive
boat into the cave and hung out for a while. The acoustics were
phenomenal. Want a little tour of the Poor Knights? Click
New Zealand is a wonderful place with many unique locations. These are
just a few.