Kia ora tātou,  apologies for the lack of news as we journey on our amazing pathway through Ngatiwai!

After leaving Mimiwhangata and setting sail for Tawhitirahi and Aorangi where we enjoyed a superb dive in Rikoriko Cave and the flowering Raupotaranga  perched high on the cliffs, a pohutukawa bursting into bloom amidst rainbows of bomb spray we left for Taranga with korero of the distant coast and significant maunga.

The morning swim in full sun was a great start to the day and after cleaning duties and breakfast we set sail for Hauturu hidden amongst the sea mist,

The wind soon left us to a most tranquil calm moana and Aotea a compass bearing away. Plans changed as the motu rose from the horizon  and we anchored for the night in Kawa bay the northern end of the Aotea.

The morning was wild and windy, but the tamariki swam and showered, well into the routine of the ship. Rodney then  took them ashore to Rehua Marae for an introduction to their ancestors. With the wind increasing throughout the day we swept out into the wild sea, around Maunganui headland, takariki riding the bow and climbing the rigging enjoying the excitement.

Dolphin met us at the entrance to Port Fitzroy and we were soon at anchor in Kaiaraara Bay.

With the wind still howling  the challenge to climb the yards and get the bracelet became the main event as the crew settle down to prepare dinner, including a hand caught moki by Wayne on he and Nate’s dive, along with 3 crayfish.

Tino pai i tenei ra. Rikoriko Cave, Poor KnightsAotea