Weekend one was down in the South Island, with my friend and fellow OT - Paula. After meeting her in the delightful town of Timaru, 2 hours south of Christchurch, we made the most of the weekend by meet ing her friend Tony, and heading to Lake Aviemore. Paula who is an all action kiwi lady, has her own boat! Yes quite a feat indeed, so as you can see from the photo below we drove the boat to the lake with her truck!
|Taking the boat to Lake Aviemore|
|Moorings at Lake Aviemore|
|Tony & Paula keeping watch..|
|Enjoying a sail with Captain Paula...|
Weekend 2 - was up in Auckland (North Island) and involved boats of a much bigger kind. The 'Tall Ship Regatta' is a World wide race, that has several legs. This leg was from Sydney to Auckland (across the Tasman sea). The reason for heading up to Auckland to see some of the boats, was to catch up with friends, and return the car of a friend back to her family home - which meant a 10 hour drive from Wellington to Auckland! Quite randomly this led to a chance encounter to meet my mate Bez in Taupo who happened to be staying there that weekend.
Another reason for heading to Auckland was because I knew someone (Kylie) who was actually on one of the boats - The Tecla - a Dutch boat that actually came 2nd in this race. The weather was amazing in Auckland as you can see, and the view over the harbour as perfect for seeing the boats...
|Tall ships by the 'Cloud' building...|
|Views of the Tecla, with City Backdrop|
|Auckland back drop...|
|Kylie on the 'Spirit of NZ'|
|Wet weather gear!|