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Cruising and Camping in the Hauraki Gulf


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#1 bazzathemammoth

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:42 PM

Hey everyone

 

I'm trying to get the family into sailing and have put aside some time to take them cruising in the gulf this summer. My wife who doesn't like boats much and get seasick easily has said that she wants to be able to sleep in a tent at night. I have found a few doc campsites around at motutapu, motuihe and motuora that could work. Also Poukaraka flats on Waiheke could be an option.

 

Do you guys have any local knowledge about these places or suggestions of other places that could work?

 

Cheers


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#2 ex TL systems

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:50 PM

You could set up a Basecamp at motuihe and daysail from there, pretty sheltered on one side or the other there.or even just spend time on the boat in the anchorage,it's real nice island and great beachs. Just don,t get caught having to do the wind against tide channel chop there, that can get quite scary for some people.
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#3 chariot

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:06 PM

Buy a boom tent. Problem solved


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#4 bazzathemammoth

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:37 PM

If only it was that easy
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#5 brendong

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:24 PM

Use to do Mahurangi, I'd sail boat up, babe would drive car up therefore having car if she wanted to bail. Mahurangi made a good base for day trips to surrounding islands and even tender trip up to Warkworth. There are also a few d.o.c camp sites around Mahurangi that you can pitch a tent at a resonable rate.


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#6 jonathan

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:07 PM

its during the day you get sick on a boat not at night at anchor in sheltered bay, this will never work, take her out to izzy bay etc etc....  its not practical to setup camp every night.     Its flat in most bays at night that are sheltered


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#7 harrytom

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:08 PM

Get a new wife??


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#8 jonathan

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:10 PM

nah just train exiting one

 

Poukaraka flats   nice but very shallow just off

 

Mahurangi great option but a decent distance if no motor


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#9 Fish

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:17 PM

I'm planning on using Sullivan's Bay, Maharangi, as a base to ease the kids into overnight cruising. There is a campground there, book able via the regional park. New toilet block too. It will book up fast over Christmas though.
The main reason is you (or the better half) can drive up. Anchorages are good and sheltered, several around Maharangi harbour that suit a lot of wind directions, and it's close to lots of places to go to on the boat, Saddle Island (5min) and small enough for kids to explore as an island, Motuora (kiwis) Motuketekete etc, wreck of the Rewa, and it's not far to Kawau, copper mine, mansion house etc.

The handy part of the plan, if the weather packs up, she can drive home, and you can enjoy a nice beat to windward in some short Tiri Channel chop without worrying about how much 'fun' the family is having on a warm up / taster cruise.
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#10 jonathan

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:19 PM

yeah Tiri is fun in a blow...


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