So now that we’ve told Banyan’s story of refurbishments, repairs, and romps through the mooring field at night, it’s time to give the update on us. Nelson is by far our favorite spot in New Zealand. It’s pretty tough to choose a favorite. There are so many beautiful places with so much to offer, but …
My heart began to sink down to my toes when Cameron got really quiet and serious, saying “okay.. okay.. okay..” The girls and I were all gathered around holding our breath. Banyan had been out in the harbor on a mooring.. but it seems the mooring had broken below the waterline.
With the VISA under our belt, it feels a bit easier to plan ahead, and with a full year to look forward to we are ready to make some decisions. We've completed our circumnavigation of the South Island (YAY), and we've sailed around most of the North Island (just that pesky southeastern coast to tackle), so we aren't feeling the pull to explore new places. We've decided to settle in and take advantage of some of the things that landlubbers take for granted.
When last we posted, we were enjoying the South Island town of Oamaru, situated a bit more than halfway down the east coast. It was hard to leave good friends and fun times, but with winter on the way, it was time to move up in the world (at least in terms of latitude). So, …
For those hearty souls considering a voyage to New Zealand's Fiordland and Stewart Island, I’ve summarized the nitty-gritty details and compiled up-to-date information from our time there during the summer of 2021.
Watch our exploration of one of New Zealand's more remote Islands. We loved Stewart. It was wild and beautiful with lots of hiking and fishing. Enjoy!
We have spent the last two weeks enjoying numerous meals and excellent conversation. Dagmar, Chris's wife, has pulled out all the stops; we've had many meals with other locals and are starting to feel part of the town. The girls have played loads of games and even went for a swim in the harbor (brrrr - tremendous peer pressure from Kiwi kids was involved). We've also had fun hunting ducks and rabbits.
Seldom have we felt more welcomed into a new place. Right away we were joined on board for a visit by Jan Jopson and her dog Taz. Jan used to babysit me back in the day and has kept up with our doings. It was the beginning of what became a very social time for us—especially in contrast to our time through Fiordland and Stewart Island!
Photos of our time on Stewart Island, New Zealand's third largest island and a very special part of the world.
Instead of monthly videos while down in Fiordland, I did a dedicated Fiordland video. The girls narrated it for me and Isa did some of the videos. If it looks like a drone shot, that's Isa's work.