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THE NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

We returned from Canada mid January after a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  It was cold back home but well worth visiting friends and family. We had left our boat at Marsden Cove Marina while we were away and were … Continue reading

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2016 IN A NUTSHELL

We can’t believe 2016 is coming to a close.  It was a fantastic year of travel and having family visit us in French Polynesia. We spent the first half of 2016 in French Polynesia spending time in Moorea, Raiatea, Hauhine, … Continue reading

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PASSAGE TO NEW ZEALAND

Saturday, November 5, 2016 we left Fiji 9:45am with clear blue skies heading to Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. It’s known to be a bit of a treacherous passage as there are one front after another and one has … Continue reading

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FIJI

The exact origins of the first inhabitants of the islands of Fiji remain a mystery. Apparently the Fijians had no written language and relied on memory for their history. Most historians commonly accept that the first settlers arrived around 1500 … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Tonga

Situated east of the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific, Tonga (also called the Friendly Islands) consists of 150 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. Most of the islands contain active volcanic craters; others are coral atolls. We arrived in … Continue reading

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GOING WEST – AMERICAN SAMOA & WESTERN SAMOA

We had never planned to go to Samoa but our travelling buddies wanted to check it out.  American Samoa was 294nm from Niue and we sailed in big seas with a couple of hours of motoring.  The total trip took … Continue reading

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GOING WEST – NIUE

Fifty-nine and a half hours and 392nm later we arrived on the island  of Niue.  Situated in the South Pacific at approx.  19◦ South and 169.55◦West, Niue consists of just one island, a large coral atoll that is one of … Continue reading

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