Pick up your vessel at Bayswater Marina 1200 hours Sail out of the harbour taking in the scenery and daily activities of the bustling Auckland Harbour before entering the magic of the Gulf. Sail through the Tamaki Strait, between the mainland and Waiheke Island, to what the locals call the “bottom end” of Waiheke. Anchor for the night in Chamberlains Bay or Shark Bay on Ponui Island.
Spend the morning fishing near the fish farm. When you have caught enough for lunch motor over to Man O’War Bay and after lunch, walk to Stony Batter – a series of gun emplacements and tunnels built during the Second World War. Don’t forget a torch!
Sail around to the northern coast of Waiheke Island. Visit Cactus Bay, a lovely cove with a small sandy beach for lunch and snorkelling. There is only room for one small yacht inside the bay, but if it is calm with not much swell, then you can anchor just outside and take the dinghy to explore. Sail on to Oneroa Bay, also on the northern coast of Waiheke, with its sandy beach and township with a unique village atmosphere. There are local crafts and cafes and you can have a meal out or takeaways if you feel like a night off from cooking. Alternative anchorage can be found at Owhanaki or Matiatia Bay on the western side of the Island and road access provides for either a walk or a short bus ride into Oneroa.
Sail back to Bayswater Marina to arrive by 1200 hours.