We awoke to the promise of a sunny day and we aren’t getting too many of these lately. We hooked around the top of Mototapu Island and across the short channel to Waiheke Island and dropped the anchor in Matiatia Bay, chosen in anticipation of predicted high winds in two days and for the ferries that land here. We failed to find a marina berth in downtown Auckland and decided we’d leave EV here and visit the city by ferry. It took a few tries to find a comfortable spot in this tight and very crowded anchorage and we stayed aboard until well after lunch to be sure we were secure and a safe distance from other boats.
Waiheke is an island of hippies, artists and wineries, the perfect place for poking into little shops and studios and stopping for coffee and gelato. And as you know, that’s our kind of place. We joined the tourist passegiatta before settling in to enjoy the absolute best gelato I’ve had in over thirty years, and I mean that. Mandarin Thai Basil and Chocolate Orange Coconut, both incredibly creamy (the chocolate was vegan!) and flavorful. I may have to move here.