Great Barrier Island

Scream spent two nervous weeks in the wonderful sheltered harbours of Great Barrier, or Aotea, Island.

Port Fitzroy is a magnificent harbour.  It has two narrow and protected enterances, leading to a large harbour.  Port Fitzroy harbour is almost four miles north to south with an average width of almost half a mile.  There are five bays.


The shop in Port Fitzroy has basics, like bread, eggs, and milk, and on the days when the ferry arrives, a good selection of produce.  Currently the ferry arrives Tuesdays and Fridays.  On these days the burger hut remains open from lunch to dinner, on other days it is lunch only.

We went on the hike to the Kauri dams, which was quite challenging and just not worth the effort.

We enjoyed wood-fired baths at Smokehouse bay, which I highly recommend.

Unfortunately, it has been blowing hard most of the time that we have been here. Honestly, it is the windiest weather that I can recall. We've had two days with gusts to storm force, another six days of gale force winds, and only one day in fifteen with less than 25 knots forecast.

Telecom's cell service, which has been flawless everywhere else that we have been, has been unreliable here.  The behaviour is not like holes in coverage, it is more like the towers are going off and on randomly. Vodaphone's network has always been available, so we have "emergency only" service all the time and telecom maybe 1/3 of the time.  This is rather frustrating. In Tryphena we had no service from any provider, despite being anchored only 50 meters from town and a telephone booth.

4 thoughts on “Great Barrier Island

  1. Dad ensslen says:

    thanks for the update

    ever so happy you two are well

    very best wishes

  2. Dad ensslen says:

    too bad they don't make wind integrating gadgets, that give you max, min, average wind speeds plus directions and their percentage


    bon voyage

  3. Dad ensslen says:

    and too bad they don't have a record keeping (integrating?) device that keeps track of extreme values of pitch, yaw, and roll

    bon voyage

  4. Dad ensslen says:

    you are still tied up in opus, in nov 2011 and the map shows you out at sea

    looking forward to updates

    bon voyage

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