Whangarei

Panorama of Whangarei

Panorama of Whangarei from the top of the Ross Track

Tate and I finally got out of Marsden Cove on Tuesday leaving on low tide to make the 12 miles up river to Whangarei on a rising tide. It was a beautiful sunny day, but with the wind on our nose, we had to motor the entire way. Near town the river shoals to 5 feet at low tide, but we made it through to Town Basin only grounding once when I had to swing wide to turn around to come into the dock. Whangarei Town Basin was already packed with cruising boats escaping cyclone season and I had to raft up to Hanah Lee at the courtesy dock. Fortunately I had reserved a pile mooring a few months back.

Bodhran at rest in her new home

Bodhran at rest in her new home

My first impression of Whagarei was decidedly mixed. Upon leaving the marina, across the street you see a huge discount grocery store and 3 car dealerships across a very busy street. Upon further investigation there’s a marine store right there, a German brew pub across the street and once you get behind that huge grocery store you’re in a nice very walkable downtown a little bigger than Bellingham. I think that it’s going to be a great place for working on the boat, and a pretty nice place to live.

Pickin with a celtic session that Tate and I stumbled on at MacMorrisey's Pub

Pickin with a celtic session that Tate and I stumbled on at MacMorrisey's Pub: Pickin with a celtic session that Tate and I stumbled on at MacMorrisey's Pub

Working at accompanying myself on the harmonica now that Tate is gone

Working at accompanying myself on the harmonica now that Tate is gone

Bodhran at rest in her new home

Walking up the Ross Track, a trail a half mile from where Bodhran is moored

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