New Zealand Sunset Photos

Sunset seen from Army Bay beach in Shakespear Park, New Zealand

I love watching colour burst from the sky as the sun sets beyond the horizon. Living in New Zealand, sunset is a treat I get to enjoy often. Recently I moved all my photos to Lightroom. While I sort through 10 years of images I am reminded of many things, including spectacular sunsets in New […]

Ocean Sailing – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Ocean Sailing? In days past, today this boat just goes out from the Auckland Maritime Museum

O is for ocean sailing . . .  or offshore fun. Practical Information:  This is the Ted Ashby, a ketch-rigged deck scow. It sails nearly everyday from the Auckland Maritime Museum. As an island nation, people arrived here via ocean sailing. It’s only in modern times that there are alternative forms of transportation. The Auckland Maritime Museum […]

Auckland Boat Show: Both on and off the Water

Auckland on the Water Boat Show 2015 - New Zealand

I never thought it would happen. Yesterday I fell in love with a catamaran at the Auckland Boat Show. Sleek, sexy and welcoming, she is large enough to live aboard, yet her rigging is compact enough to allow her to sail single handed. Best of all, I can see 360 degrees from the helm. At […]

Yacht Racing in the City of Sails: Auckland New Zealand #AtoZ

Look forward while yacht racing

If you know me I am sure you guessed that “yacht racing” would be my choice for the letter Y.  It was almost “B” for boating, but I didn’t want to confuse my passion for boats without a sail (Sorry Sandee).  Besides, my theme is Amazing Auckland from AtoZ and Auckland is the “City of […]

Nautical History at Auckland’s Maritime Museum – #AtoZ

Nautical History at Voyager, Auckland Maritime Museum, New Zealand

Being an island, New Zealand has a long nautical history. From the arrival of the first Polynesian people through today, much of New Zealand life revolves around the sea, especially here in Auckland where it is said that one in four people have a boat. The Voyager Maritime Museum is one of my two favorite […]

Islands of the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand – #AtoZ

Bon Accord Harbour, Kawau Island

In the dozen years we have called Auckland our home I believe we have visited 11 of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Each has their own personality, but all reflect the clean, green lifestyle and natural beauty of New Zealand. It was easier to visit when we still owned a yacht, but now we […]

Dolphins and Whales Are Abundant in Auckland

Leaping dolpins in the Hauraki Gulf, just outside Auckland New Zealand

Every day I look out over the Hauraki Gulf from my home at the end of the peninsula they call Whangaparaoa, meaning “bay of whales.” Yet, until a few days ago when I went out on the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari boat (AWADS), I had no idea of the abundance of marine mammals living […]

Volvo Ocean Race Around the World – New Zealand Stopover

Crossing the start line at the Pro-Am during the New Zealand stop over of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Auckland knows how to throw a party, and I could feel the excitement in the air as I approached.  First there was information about the race, then the live music,  but I was too excited to stop and read much. I just wanted to see the boats.  A few more steps and there they were, […]

Go Confidently in the Direction of your Dreams!

Weekend Travel Inspiration: Dreams

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams . . . Are you living the life you imagined?  Some days I think I am exceeding it, others not so much.  A few of the items ticked off my bucket list: Living in beautiful New Zealand Walking on the Great Wall of China Going inside the […]

Weekend Travel Inspiration: Sail Away

sail away, tall ships sailing in Auckland harbour, New Zealand

What inspires you to travel? Is it dreams, photos, or just an opportunity to sail away . . . “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade […]

Photo Highlights 2014: Ocean Adventures – Fun on the Water

Royals Racing in Auckland on America's Cup Yatchts

When we are not traveling we live in Auckland, New Zealand, the “City of Sails” so it’s no surprise that many of my 2014 photos highlights are ocean adventures. Home or away, I do love being out on the sea, or at least nearby. Have a look and see if you agree that these are […]

Photos: Daytime on the Ferry from Auckland to Gulf Harbour

New Zealand's Maritime Flag on the back of the ferry to Auckland

Our great day in Auckland started with a ferry ride from Gulf Harbour. It was relaxing, refreshing and fun, and I didn’t have to get stressed out from the drive or the hunt for parking.  I am so happy that there is now a daytime ferry from Auckland, as prior to a few weeks ago […]

Sinking Boat, Colorful Bird – Photos of a Coast Guard Rescue

New Zealand Coast Guard towing a catamaran - this isn't quite as bad as it looks

Looking out the window the promise of an uneventful Sunday was shattered as I saw the Coast Guard rescue boat towing a sinking boat in our bay. The catamaran had three sailors on board. I assume at least one is from the Coast Guard as that’s how it was when they rescued us a few […]

Dangerous Duties: Dangers of the Sea at Auckland Maritime Museum

Climbing up the mast of the Breeze at Dangerous Duties and the Voyager Maritime Museum in Auckland

This past weekend the Voyager Maritime Museum in Auckland had a special open day dedicated to the most dangerous duties at sea.  The highlight for my teen was getting an opportunity to climb up the rigging on the Breeze. There were many different rescue boat and life boats present. Thinking about spending any time in one […]

52 People Set A New SUP World Record in Auckland, New Zealand

Successful attempt at new provisional SUP world record at Auckland Viaduct Harbour on Sept 27 2014

Imagine for a moment, 52 people on one stand up paddleboard (SUP) traveling for 100 meters. It was perfect.  As a spectator I could feel the excitement as the back of the board crossed the finish mark and the new provisional Guinness SUP world record was achieved at the Auckland on the Water Boat Show in […]

On Board Steinlager 2 – A Bit of New Zealand’s History

Staning at the helm of Steinlager 2, winner of 1989/90 Whitbread Around the World Race

We all have our heroes. Sir Peter Blake is one of mine. Maybe that’s why I was so exciting to step aboard the Steinlager 2. It’s his boat. Well, technically it’s New Zealand Sailing Trust’s yacht, it is Sir Peter Blake who skippered to an unprecidented victory, winning all six legs of the Whitbread Round […]

Living the Dream at the Auckland on the Water Boat Show

Auckland On the Water Boat Show

It’s easy to visualize my life as a multi-million dollar super yacht owner whilst I standing on-board a $5 million dollar vessel. It’s not mine, however, the fantasy is made so easy at the Auckland on the Water Boat Show.  With nearly 200 exhibitors and over 200 boats, it’s easy to live the dream in […]

Two On the Water World Record Attempts in Auckland

Barts Bash World Record Attempt the world's largest sailing event

Sailing World Record Attempt Over 700 yacht clubs across 65 countries on 6 continents participated in Bart’s Bash on 21 Sept. It’s a fundraiser and a Guinness world record attempt to have the most boats in a race. The event is in memory of Olympic gold and silver medal winner Andrew “Bart” Simpson, the British […]

Photos: Dragon Boat Races in Gulf Harbour, New Zealand

Drummer on dragon boat

My generally quiet town of Gulf Harbour hosted dragon boat races last weekend. The last time I saw a dragon boat was at the Summer Palace in Beijing, China, although that one was quite touristy and not human powered. Imagine my surprise to have actual dragon boat races on the next bay over from my […]

Kate and William: Royals Racing Yachts in Auckland NZ

Royals Racing in Auckland

We headed up to Auckland early yesterday to get a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate as they each took the helm of a different Team New Zealand America’s Cup yacht and headed out for some royal racing.  We joined about 2,000 cheering fans as they passed, although I think […]

Flying Fifteen National Championships, Cyclone Lusi and Chocolate

Flying Fifteen National Championship

Today is the final day of the Flying Fifteen National Championships sponsored by our local yacht club. This means they are taking place nearly right out our door.  Whilst yacht racing isn’t all that exciting to watch from the land, there was no way I was going out to sea, being that this weekend also […]

Celebrating A Perfect Twilight Race, Pippins, and IWSG

twilight race

This week’s twilight race tops my list for Viklit’s Celebrate the Small Things blog hop. I have been racing on and off on the same women’s crew for about five years now, and I think this week we had our best twilight race to date.  Lead by our brilliant skipper, as a crew we seemed […]

Celebrate Small Things – Racing, Walking, Winning, Writing

celebrate small things

Whether we are traveling or at home, stopping to celebrate small things is always a useful exercise.  Thanks to Viklit at Scribbings of an Aspiring Author I can join this bloghop and share my little celebrations for the week: Women’s Yacht racing finally got underway and we took 2nd in our first race. I was […]

Eight Tall Ships Sail Into Auckland Harbour

tall ships

Allured by the mystery of the tall ships that sailed into Auckland Harbour yesterday, we headed to the city for the Tall Ship Festival. Had we planned better, we would have been there to cheer them on as they entered the harbour, instead we were somehow caught off guard when we saw the first of […]