"Good water, good life; poor water, poor life; no water, no life" Sir Peter Blake

Thursday, April 19, 2012

F is for FISH, FAMILY & FUN!

Another high came across the country so we made the most of it!  Mum and Alan came for a lovely 2 days in the Bay of Islands, enjoying a sail out to a very calm and tranquil bay for the evening.  Craig even tried a spot of evening fishing but wasn’t successful this time.   Venturing to Indigo Bay, Urupukapuka Island we then enjoyed a day of walks, kayaking and playing ashore at one of the Bay Of Islands most tropical beaches.  Then it was a gentle geneka ride back to Paihia with a lovely surprise on the end of the lure!

My first ever kingfish, weighing 13.5kg (approx 30lb) – Craig has been trying to catch this one for years, and he did very well to restrain himself from taking the rod off me!

My little 30 minute battle with an oversized sprat

 My step father, Alan, right at home at the helm

 My mum Eileen with Freya and Blake enjoying being out on the water

 Evening sunset in Opunga Cove, Craig heading out in the kayak to try and catch dinner.

 Male figurehead scanning for birds working

Walking at Urupukapuka Island, one of the many beautiful islands

Picture postcard! 

Craig said this photo looks superimposed! 

 Funky cloud formations

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Treat, Bay of Islands

NZ weather at the moment is totally unpredictable, and as it happens we've had 3 windy storms in about 3 weeks, then 2 days of beautiful summer sunshine weather!  Talk about radical change!  Everyone is brassed off they haven't had summer, so we snapped up the opportunity to seek another bay for a view along with Craig's cousin and his family.  Previous to this sunshine we had lots of rain, and wind - so it made us relax, and enjoy being on board.  

Kids collecting pipis at Orokawa Bay, Bay of Islands

Brent spots a splash

 The lads are off to catch dinner


 Kirsty also adds to the catch!

 The R Tucker Thompson under sail.

 Enjoying our sail back to Paihia

 The John Dory that tried to swallow a large kahawai, but it got stuck in it's mouth! - Craig saw it floating, grabbed it, and we had dinner for two nights! Doesn't get much easier than that!

 Blake dancing - such a rocker!

 Freya enjoying a bit of sunshine.

 Granny's visit on Easter Sunday

 Evening Parasailing in the Bay of Islands.

 One happy guy!

 Kids enjoying the trampoline