Monday, December 16, 2013

Pictures from Russell, Home Port, and Roberton Island

I am finally getting around to posting a few pictures from our first week in New Zealand. Some of these are from Russell where we spent the first weekend visiting with Roz and Holger who make their home here on board Melody when they are not at their farm near Whangarei Heads, 'Home Port'. Others are from Home Port and the last few are from Roberton Island in the Bay of Islands where Ladybug is currently anchored. 

Holger discusses rigging issues with Chris 

This is the policeman's house in Russell. It is a historic home, built around 1860. The giant Moreton Bay fig tree was also planted around this time.

Cruise ships visit the Bay of Islands, anchoring off Pahia

View out over Russell to where our boat is anchored 

Hedgehogs are a frequent sight in New Zealand

This Tui is enjoying the nectar in flax plant flowers.

Chris taking a leek in Roz's garden at Home Port. Actually she gave us 2 leeks to take home.

Roz has looked after cows ever since she arrived as a girl in New Zealand from Australia. Samson and Delilah are her latest.

We visited briefly with Jo and Rob in Mcleod Bay Their health center and B&B is nearing completion and should open next year.

There is an underwater trail as well as one to the look off at Roberton Island. Jan and Rich from 'Slip Away' climbed the look off trail with me. 

Panorama from Roberton Island look off.

The look off has spectacular views in all directions

Matthew from 'Rock and Roll Star' arrived at the top shortly after us.

The island is rich in wildlife including parrots, oyster catchers, and bees.

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