Leave Bayswater Marina and sail out of the harbour taking in the scenery and daily activities of the bustling Auckland Harbour before entering the magic of the Gulf. Anchor for the night in Islington Bay.
In the morning climb the volcanic cone of Rangitoto to get your bearings and a good view of the Gulf and Auckland. After a well deserved lunch set off down the Tamaki Strait for Rocky Bay on the south side of Waiheke Island.
Sail through the Tamaki Strait, between the mainland and Waiheke Island, to what the locals call the “bottom end” of Waiheke. Anchor in Man O’War Bay. Walk to Stony Batter, named after the rock formations, but also home to a series of gun emplacements and tunnels built during the Second World War, which can be explored.
Sail across the Firth of Thames to Te Kouma on the Coromandel Coast.
Explore Te Kouma and Coromandel Harbour. If it is high tide take a dinghy ride into the township.
Sail back across the Firth of Thames to Oneroa Bay on the northern coast of Waiheke, with its sandy beach and township where you can have a meal in a restaurant or fish and chips if you feel like a night off from cooking.
If the wind goes round to the north east sail over to Rakino Island and anchor in Woody Bay on the west side of Rakino Island or if south west, then try Waikalabubu Bay on the north end of Motutapu Island.
Sail back to Bayswater Marina around the outside of Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands.