Hauraki Gulf Weekend: Home Bay

Day 1
Pick up your vessel from Bayswater Marina. Sail out to Home Bay taking in the activities of Auckland harbour on the way. Many firms and organisations organised picnics here in the early 1900s. Now at Home Bay there is a camp site. Through the camp site and starting up the track to the east you will find a nice walk up a new bush covered path to the top of the hill. From here it is a short stroll to a gun emplacement and a little further on to the more extensive area of military buildings.

Day 2
If the wind is in the right direction i.e. south or south west take a leisurely sail to Oneroa Bay on the north side of Waiheke Island where you can enjoy swimming, a walk along the beach or on one of the tracks, or just wander around the village. If the wind is from the north instead head round to the south side of Waiheke to Rocky Bay. Whakanewha Regional Park can be accessed from here: this is predominately bush covered, but there is also a large wetland area home to some uncommon wading birds. At high tide the beach is shallow and warm and ideal for children.

Day 3
Sail to Motuihe Island and stop at Ocean Beach for lunch. Have a swim or a walk ashore exploring the old navy station and the Quarantine Station graves. Return to Bayswater.

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