|Kayaking from the Ipipiri|
|A secluded historic homestead in the bay|
|Kayaking, snorkelling, bush walking.... Ipipiri in the background|
|The well named Bay of Islands from my bush walk|
|Convivial dinner time|
We anchored for the night in a sheltered bay off Motuarohia Island and with the fresh sea air and afternoon activities taking their toll were all in bed early. I left my blinds up and fell asleep looking out on a glass-like sea reflecting a full moon and a million twinkling stars....magical.
|My family and I stayed in this historic cottage on the waterfront at Russell|
a tour of Auckland the next day. There were a few hours to fill in before the coach trip back to Auckland so I took the ferry to Russell and enjoyed a wander around this lovely village, remembering the many good times I had had there with my husband and sons and lingering over lunch at a seafront cafe.
|Sightseeing in Auckland the next day with my new American friends|
I would highly recommend this cruise as a taste of what life must be like on a super yacht. It is probably the best tourist activity I have ever done in New Zealand and I would happily do it again. Everyone was friendly and as a single person I did not feel the least out of place or excluded.