SVs Saraoni and Sundari

23 May 2020 | Scarborough Marina, Redcliffe, Queensland
10 May 2020 | Scarborough marina, Redcliffe, Brsbane, Queensland
07 April 2020 | Westin Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland
28 March 2020 | Paihia, Bay of Islands, NZ
24 March 2020 | Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
06 March 2020 | Waitangi, Bay of Islands, NZ
25 January 2020 | Scarborough marina, Redcliffe Peninsula, Queensland
16 January 2020 | Christchurch
22 December 2019 | Christchurch, New Zealand
16 December 2019 | Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
28 November 2019 | Christchurch, SI, New Zealand
19 November 2019 | Picton, Marlborough, NZ
04 November 2019 | Collingwood, Tasman, South Island, NZ
04 November 2019 | Collingwood, Tasman, South Island, NZ
29 October 2019 | Nelson, South Island, NZ
22 October 2019 | Christchurch, Te Waka o Māui, New Zealand
15 October 2019 | Scarborough, Queensland
05 October 2019 | Scarborough marina, near Brisbane, Australia
16 August 2019 | Southport Spit, Gold Coast, Australia
06 August 2019 | South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast, Queensland

Number 8 Wire at Waitangi

06 March 2020 | Waitangi, Bay of Islands, NZ
Alison and Geoff Williams | Damp and warm
The 2 Giant bikes bought in Whangarei in 2005, pulled out of storage. They needed a bit of no. 8 wire work on them to get them roadworthy.

We are camped near the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands after recovering our two old Giant bikes from the storage shed we loaded up with useless goodies nearly 3 years ago in Opua. It feels a bit weird being back in the Bay without a boat, but it's partly a business trip for us here, as well as a chance to get some exercise puffing up and down Northland's hills. We have rather reluctantly had to sort our pensions out before getting too decrepit and will go and measure the marina berth in Tutukaka to see if Sundari can fit in anywhere, before abandoning the Penguin Pad altogether.



The westerly anchorage at Paihia in the Bay of Islands -strange to be here without a boat!


Auckland Airport was heaving with everyone from everywhere and to judge by the number of tourists in this campground and little tacky, nearby Paihia, wories about COVID-19 haven't dented the tourism industry in NZ, except possibly the numbers of Chinese tourists are way down.

Northland has supposedly been in deep drought, the worst ever. Whangarei has been the driest since WW2 and the normally lush green cow paddocks of the Waikato are (or were, brown). Of course, it has been raining every day since we arrived. Perhaps we could sell our services as drought breakers!

Northlanders of course are happy about the drizzle. We heard kiwi calling just behind our tent last night, first the shrill male, then the harsh female. Apparently, Northland brown kiwi have been stumbling out of the bush during the drought looking for water.The dry ground has made it difficult to probe for worms with their long beaks.

Our 2 bikes were in a bit of a mess when we eventually extricated them from the treasure trove they had been squashed in. They had aready survived nearly 10 years chained to a non existent shed while stored up at the Saraoni ranch while we were circumnavigating, even being danced upon by happy cows. We have had to use a bit of No. 8 wire tactics on getting them in suitable shape to ride on with all our gear, with help from the friendly bike hire guy in Paihia.

We will cycle over Northland's new bike path that goes from Opua to the Hokianga, ride through the kauri forest to Dargaville, over to Whangarei and down to Auckland before checking out the marina at Tutukaka. We should be back in Scarborough on Sundari by the end of March, ready for whatever adventures we get up to this year.



Pou Herenga Tai - the 85 km cycle path that links Opua to Horeke on the Hokianga across the Northland peninsula from east to west coast.
Comments
Vessel Name: Saraoni
Vessel Make/Model: South Coast 36
Hailing Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Crew: Alison and Geoff Williams
About:
Saraoni is named after an island in Milne Bay which guards and protects one of our favourite anchorages - Kana Kopi Bay - frequently occupied by us while we were teaching in Alotau, PNG. We have lived, cruised and worked for the last 30 years on three very different boats. [...]
Extra: CONTACT DETAILS Telephone / SMS number +64 28 432 5941 NZ mobile no.) +61 477 285 361 (Australian mobile no.) Email saraoni@gmail.com (main email address)
Saraoni's Photos - Main
A collection of photos taken during the Tiki Tour of the Southern half of the South Island, November / December 2019
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Created 15 December 2019
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Created 2 April 2019
Photos taken of Saraoni. All interior photos were taken in the last week.
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Created 2 April 2019
The ABCs - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are mostly low lying dry, scrubby islands in the Western Caribbean near the Venezuelan coastline
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Created 21 May 2014
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Created 20 March 2014
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Created 9 March 2014
Images taken in and around Suriname's capital
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Created 9 February 2014
River Images
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Created 28 January 2014
Images of the 2 islands in the Cape Verde island group we visited on our way across the Atlantic in 2013 - Sao Vicente and Santo Antaao.
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Created 26 December 2013
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Created 16 December 2013
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Created 16 December 2013
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Created 23 August 2013
What we saw in the USA
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Created 21 August 2013
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Created 19 August 2013
Unexpected meeting with old friends "in the woods".
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Created 24 June 2013
A brother found amongst the gorges of the Cevennes
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Created 10 June 2013
Photographic images of our long walk along the Appalachian mountains in the USA
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Created 10 June 2013
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Created 19 December 2012
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Created 25 November 2012
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Created 16 November 2012
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Created 15 November 2012
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Created 20 October 2012
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Created 4 June 2012
Greece is in the throes of a recession, but they still have the last laugh - never far from the sun, the sea, colour, culture and bags of history. The photos document our Aegean odyssey from May to September 2011
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Created 17 December 2011
O.K. We're mad, but we somehow prefer a home on the sea to one on dry land.
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Created 17 December 2011
Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - the three ancient city states of the Kathmandu valley have mediaeval architectural wonders in their Durbars and old town areas - a meshing and merging of Hinduism, Buddhism and materialism
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Created 17 December 2011
Some of the shots taken of us while on one of our 30 odd days on the three main mountain trails we walked in the Anapurnas and Helambu region of Nepal's side of the Himalayas
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Created 15 December 2011
People make the Himalayas a unique place to walk through. From Hindu rice and buffalo farmers in the foothills to the Buddhist villages in the highlands so influenced by Tibetan ancestry and trade over the passes
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Created 15 December 2011
Nepal has ten of the world's highest mountains within its boundaries or shared with India and Tibet - these are truly giant peaks!
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Created 15 December 2011
These were all photographed in the wilds of Chitwan and Bardia National Parks - which are two of the last havens of biodiversity in Nepal's low lying Terai district.
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Created 14 December 2011
Saraoni hauled out on Finike's hardstand for biennial maintenance and painting
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Created 26 April 2011
8 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 6 March 2011
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Created 6 March 2011
Ruined city
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Created 10 January 2011
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Created 10 January 2011
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Created 10 January 2011
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Created 30 December 2010
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Created 28 December 2010
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Created 11 December 2010
The small rocky island of Kastellorizou is Greece's most remote island
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Created 11 December 2010
Cruising and walking Turkey's Lycian coast September and October 2010
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Created 11 December 2010
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Created 6 December 2010
Images taken while walking sections of the 500 km Lycian Way or Lykia Yolu on the South West Mediterranean Coast of Turkey
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Created 9 November 2010

Post Circumnavigation

Who: Alison and Geoff Williams
Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand