Auckland Arrival 2004

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April 26, 2004 - Auckland Arrival

I arrived in Auckland at 7am.  Craig and Barbara were at the airport to pick me up, as pre-arranged.  After driving back to Westhaven Marina and getting settled aboard Sequoia, I found I wasn't sleepy after my long flight from Canada.  Craig had some last-minute errands to complete in the Ponsonby Road district, so I joined him for a quick tour of this interesting part of Auckland.


Looking toward downtown and the Sky Tower
from
the Marina district
Looking toward downtown and the Sky Tower from the Ponsonby Road district
Looking toward downtown and the Sky Tower
from
the Ponsonby Road district

Since we planned to leave Auckland the following morning, we decided to take a long walk along the Promenade at nearby Viaduct Harbour, and then eat dinner at one of Craig and Barbara's favorite restaurants in the Marina District.  The Promenade and Viaduct Harbour were developed a few years ago when the America's Cup Yacht Race was hosted by New Zealand. This district has become a very and trendy area of Auckland, and boasts a good selection of up-scale restaurants, shops, as well as office and residential development, in addition to the marinas.

Promenade & Tiara from Viaduct Harbour
Promenade & Tiara from Viaduct Harbour
Sky Tower from Viaduct Harbour
Sky Tower from Viaduct Harbour
Craig and Barbara in front of Tiara
Craig and Barbara in front of Tiara
Tiara - biggest and fanciest sailboat in the harbour
Tiara - biggest and fanciest sailboat in the harbour
Tiara's crew loading toys into the stern deck - photo by C&J Johnston
Tiara's crew loading toys into the stern deck
Tiara with the moon over her mast
Tiara with the moon over her mast

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SV Sequoia

The Johnston's 44' sailboat SV Sequoia is well-outfitted for offshore passages and has many conveniences. Below deck: hot and cold pressurized water, water maker, shower, full sound and video systems (CD & DVD), a personal computer, 12vDC & 110vAC power, various radio communications systems, and diesel power. Above deck: GPS, radar, electric autopilot, electronic charts, solar panels, wind power generator, main sail, Gib, Storm Gib, Genoa, Spinnaker, Zodiac dinghy, variety of anchors, safety gear, wind vane autopilot.

Please consult the Johnston's SVSequoia.com website for more info.

SV Sequoia at anchor - photo by C&J Johnston
SV Sequoia at anchor

Navigation station
Navigation station

My cabin and berth

 

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