Scream spent a wonderful week in Whangaroa. Most of New Zealand looks more like Canada than the South Pacific, but there is no mistaking the volcanic origin of Whangaroa. The harbour is beautiful and very well protected.

Rere Steven

We anchored in four different locations inside Whangaroa's large harbour. First we waited out an easterly blow in Pararako Bay. The bottom here was described as M.cS.bkSh, which intimidated even us. Some time with the guide translated this as mud, coarse sand, and broken shells. That's a lot of words to say that anchors hold well there.

The water in Whangaroa was quite clear when we arrived, with visibility of perhaps 5m, easily the best that we have had in New Zealand. We had the privilege of seeing a pod of Orca with some juveniles or new borns.

Duke's Nose

Next we anchored off the Whanagroa Marina. The facilities there are newer and nicer than we expected. Top marks for them, especially for letting have the run of the place for free. The Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club (formerly Whangaroa Big Gamefishing Club) is at the top of the marina docks. Their restaurant and bar are good and inexpensive, and the fish mounted on the walls are very impressive. I 'm not sure that I would have believed that Marlins exceed 400 Kg if I hadn't seen them. There isn't much more to the village, other than the general store south of the marina. We got eggs, bread, and somewhat fresh vegetables there.

We moved on to Rere Bay, where we anchored in the cove on the south side of the peninsula to the north. It's a bit of a tight fit, but very pretty. The wind shelter there is excellent, though what wind that arrives when a north easterly is blowing comes from all directions. We swung quite lazily.

Darusha at Rere

We rounded out our trip in Waitepipi, reputedly the best anchorage in New Zealand. We had a great time, though I preferred Rere myself.

Somehow we had cell service throughout the harbour, even though there is little settlement.

Whangaroa is a great place to get away from the crowds and tour boats of the Bay of Islands. Whangaroa is about 30nm north west of the Bay of Islands, so you'll want to wait for favourable weather before sailing between them.

9 thoughts on “Whangaroa

  1. Dad ensslen says:

    delighted and you two and your boat look exceptional

    many thanks

    bon voyage

  2. brother bear says:

    you both look terrific!

    methinks i need to spend more time in the south pacific

  3. Dave says:

    From S/V Gypsy Vixen , Anchorage Alaska

    Darusha is looking quite spiffy in those wonderful glasses.
    Continue to follow your adventures from the frozen northland.
    Enjoy very much and want to also take this moment to thank you
    for your diligence on budget info. This gives on perspective to make
    future decisions in following in your example!!
    Dave and Cece

  4. katherine e says:

    Love these photos!! The rock formation reminds me of the classic chinese brush drawings... super awesome...

    you guys look great and I have already stolen/downloaded photos for me to remind myself how awesome and cool you are.

    Love you so much-- keep on rockin!

  5. Sonya says:

    Hi Steven and darusha,
    Great photos! Conrad has a question: Were the orcas eating or blowing their spouts? My question that Conrad deems unacceptable: How many orcas could you see in the pod?
    Love you!

  6. Karen says:

    Seriously - where is the orca footage? Videos or pictures, please! Also, I would appreciate an anser to both Sonya and Conrad's questions.

  7. Dad ensslen says:

    what is this Orca thing??

    bon voyage

  8. Darusha says:

    Sorry, no decent photos or video. That's how it goes sometimes.

  9. Dad ensslen says:

    did you have a chance to identify the type of orca and how many did you count? How many pods have you met in your travels?


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