Urupukapuka, New Zealand

(published August 2016) We have a lot of favorites in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, but Urupukapuka is the one place that had it all: protected anchorages, sandy beaches, and idyllic hikes. We’d been intrigued by the melodious name ever since we first visited the area during a week-long sailing

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New Zealand’s Unknown Isle

Discovering rugged yet laid-back Stewart Island  (published May 2013) photos by Jim Thomsen [caption id="attachment_7825" align="alignleft" width="549"] The spectacular view of Pt. Pegasus[/caption] Most people believe New Zealand consists of just North and South Islands. But there is a third, further south, called Stewart Island. Straddling 47°S, it lies in

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A Feast for the Senses

A leisurely cruise in Fiordland, New Zealand  (published January 2013) “You’re going where? Why? Just rent a campervan and drive there!” That was the response we got from most people when hearing our plans to sail around the South Island of New Zealand. Indeed, South Island has a well-deserved reputation

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A Season in New Zealand

A practical guide to cruising by land and water, with tips on where to get those boat projects done, too  (published August 2014) For many trans-Pacific sailors, New Zealand is the “Promised Land”: a safe, English-speaking place south of the cyclone belt. It’s a place for sailors to slow down,

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