Life At Korthuis Manor

Life At Korthuis Manor
Captain Randy and his First Mate!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bay of Islands - last stop!

Morning coffee in Paihai - last port of call...

The view from the mountain that Randy climbed - that's our ship in the harbor................

Another view of the bay in Tauraunga.....................

Formal night.........................

The black sand beach in Auckland with Doug and Lori...............................

Good morning to all!
For some reason I can't cut and paste the pictures so they're all at the top with titles.

It's 11:30 Saturday morning (which is 2:30 Fri. afternoon for you) and we are in the Bay of Islands in the town of Paihai! It's a beautiful little town on the beach, but then almost every town is on a beach in New Zealand!!

We just had our morning coffee and we will peruse the town and then hop in a tender boat and head back to the ship.

Yesterday we were in Auckland and Doug and Lori's daughter is dating a young man from here, so he and his beautiful mom were our escorts for the day. Again, it was such a treat to be taken around by locals.

We had awesome coffee in an outdoor courtyard, dined in an open patio restauraunt at a honey factory.

Auckland was beautiful and they say that 1 in every 4 New Zealanders (which they actually call Kiwis), own a boat. No wonder we love this place!!

The next two days are spent at sea. Then we arrive back in port to Sydney on Tues. morning and will spend the day/night with Doug and Lori's friend's house overlooking Bondi beach.

Randy just reminded me that we hadn't posted about our favorite spot - Tauranga!! It was absolutely gorgeous little town with water on both sides. Randy headed out first thing and climbed up this hill - surprise, surprise, I stayed back and dutifully held down a lounger on the sundeck!!

We had another formal night, and were able to get some pics out on the deck with the sunset!

We will be leaving Sydney about noon on Wed. and will arrive home to Vancouver, BC about 7 am on Wednesday - quite a concept!

Kathi - we don't have to go to the boat show - Jeff just mentioned that he could get tickets. Our kids have a party at church all day so we're free - but by all means please let Jeff watch the Superbowl - maybe we'll show up with some chocolate if you decide to stay home!!! :-)

Nathan, Brandon, Emily and mom, we'll call you call from Sydney on Tues. We are excited to come home and see you all - we miss you so much!


Kathi said...

Beautiful pictures - very nice of you and Randy with the sunset background! Jeff has 6 tickets for the boat show - we can figure it out when you get home. Have a safe journey back.
P.S. we finally have sun here too, just a bit colder.

Tanya said...

Yeah, like 23 degrees! That's what the temp was this morning. Brrr!

The Scheib Family said...

Looking forward to seeing you! Hope you are ready for some much COOLER weather. :)

Becky L. Beck said...

I'm so terribly jeolous!
Now I know where you went off too. Wow! Good for you. Can't wait to hear more and get our goodies :)