From Matapouri Bay we entered the narrow entrance to Tutukaka Harbour, raising Tintin's centreboard to anchor overnight in a shallow bay close to the marina (pictures below).
The following day was calm, grey and damp and so we motored to Tintin's longer-term berth at Marsden Cove Marina (near Whangarei), and cleaned and packed up the boat. Richard and I spent a few days land-based relaxing in beautiful Northland with family members, and we have now finally returned to North Canterbury, spending today moving our personal belongings from a storage container on the property back into our house - it is wonderful to be back home again and unpacking things we haven't seen for nearly 5 years is like having Christmas arrive early!
So Tintin now awaits her next adventure in the southern hemisphere - which will be Rob and Jo's visit to New Zealand, starting in mid January. Tintin, thank you for taking great care of all your various crew members in the last several months while I have been on board, and Rob and Jo we very much look forward to catching up with you both in NZ when your travels allow…..
Nicki and Richard