Sailing in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf

We have just returned from the quintessential Auckland experience – going away on a yacht for a few nights with friends on their Lagoon 38 catamaran. Over the next few posts I will share some of the highlights of exploring Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

To meet up with our friends on Waiheke Island, we took a ferry from Devonport Wharf. We looked back across the harbour at Auckland City as we waited to board our ferry.

To meet up with our friends on Waiheke Island, we took a ferry from Devonport Wharf. We looked back across the harbour at Auckland City as we waited to board our ferry.

Heather gave us a wave from the catamaran as we disembarked from the ferry. David was waiting for us in the rubber duckie to take us across to the yacht.

Our friend gave us a wave from the catamaran as we disembarked from the ferry at Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island. Her husband was waiting for us in the rubber duckie to take us across to the yacht.

The interior of the yacht was beautifully appointed. Our hosts had their berth and facilities in one hull and we had a full-sized double berth and our own facilities in the other hull.

The interior of the yacht was generously proportioned and elegantly appointed. Our hosts had their berth and facilities in one hull and we had a full-sized double berth and our own facilities in the other hull. There was a remaining berth where we could store our gear. Luxurious.

Iggy took the helm as we set off across the Firth of Thames to a bay just north of Coromandel.

Iggy took the helm as we set off across the Firth of Thames to a bay just north of Coromandel. He was impressed with the state of the art navigation suite and autopilot.

I took in the coastline ...

I took in the coastline …

...and viewed the landscape from a new perspective.

…and viewed the landscape from a new perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Sailing in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf

  1. Iggy says:

    I was privileged to be trusted at the helm and had a great time trying to relate aircraft aerodynamics to sailing and sail aerodynamics while keeping an eye out for other vessels, moored fishermen, penguins and rocks – as well as trying to figure our where we were going! Flying an aircraft is pretty simple by comparison!

  2. Ana says:

    Makes me want to be out on the Hauraki Gulf! Beautiful!

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