Hauraki Gulf Weekend: Rangitoto and Motuihe

Day 1
Pick up your vessel from Bayswater Marina on Friday afternoon. After your briefing enjoy a leisurely sail down the harbour to Islington Bay, about 8 miles, taking in the scenery as you go. This is a very sheltered bay between Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands providing the perfect spot for you to get to know your vessel. It is very picturesque with bush covered lava on one side and farmland and cliffs on the other. Settle in for the night and whilst enjoy cocktail hour in the cockpit admiring the view!

Day 2
After breakfast climb the volcanic cone of Rangitoto (information boards on shore) to get your bearings and for the spectacular view. It is an unusual landscape of volcanic rock being populated by vegetation islands as trees become established and provide shade for other plants. Up anchor and motor over to Motuihe Island stopping for some fishing on the way, or if you are up for a sail, circumnavigate Motuihe, take off down the Tamaki strait for a reach  and back, and then anchor either at Ocean Beach or West Bay depending on the wind direction. Have a swim to cool off.

Day 3
Take a walk on Motuihe Island: there are options of short or longer walks. Visit the kiosk and find out how the replanting programme is going and you might even find ice creams available there! Motuihe Island has a fascinating history and some World War Two relics can be seen around the island. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and then it will be time to head back to Bayswater Marina.

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