blown away sailing great barrier

A Voyage From East To West

We are literally and philosophically being blown away by Great Barrier Island.

A blow is headed our way and the wind is going to make a hard 180-degree shift. This is why we are on a voyage from east to west.  And wow…the weather and sea state changes dramatically around this island!

Philosophically, the ancient forests (or bush as they call it here) are nothing short of breathtaking.  There are heaps of tramping trails all over the island and we thought, why not start with the highest point?  Because we live as close to sea level as one can possibly get and going up 2,057 feet should be a piece of cake. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Mt. Hirakimata…aka, the original Stairmaster.



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Comments (19)

  • Peter RJ

    We were at Great Barrier doing the same walk on about the day you posted the video. Now back in Waipu….where is your next destination?

  • Tom and Jo y Serra

    Glad to enjoy your current and all of your adventures! Thanks to you and Jason keeping it real. New Guinea hiking looks beautiful, my wife and l thought perhaps the trial could have been a little wider at times???
    Have fun!

  • Ted Christman

    This was a great video! Exciting sail,then mountain climb. Wonderful views. Great camera work. I even watched the ad.

    All in all one of your best. Thanks

  • John Dam

    I love following your travels & adventures. We’ll be “grey nomadding” around Australia soon and I think that’s the extent of our travel for sometime to come. I really appreciate the insights you’re giving along the way and if we can’t physically travel to spots like that, we’re very happy to follow you….

  • Janet Truchard

    Amazing! Thank you for taking us along on your journeys. It may sound odd, but you make us feel as if we’re walking along side you, hearing, smelling, seeing what you are seeing. Thank you.
    p.s. How long was that hike? It’s on my “to-do” list if me & my hubby finally make it to New Zealand. Take care. Be well. Stay safe.

  • Alan Solomon

    Great video. Thank you.
    Great to see you both smiling and laughing.
    As someone else said, great video, history lesson, a bit of a local wildlife lesson and a lot more on this hike.
    I am sure it was great feeling reaching the top. Incredible 360 view expanses.
    From open ocean to cicadas and fly’s that don’t bite. 🦟🐜
    I liked the little hopping bird!
    Thanks, sooo much…..

  • Will & Denise

    Great video. Glad you’re finally having fun again.

  • Michael Terrance Maisey

    As I traveled, I could show the site and sounds, but the one thing I could not show was the smells. Some were wonderful, some were not, and some places it was a matter a few feet between the two extremes.

    I enjoy your wonderings and comments and suggestions and ….

    Thank you

  • mary van

    What an incredible day! That hike was huge! How are you legs adjusting to all of the hiking?

    Thanks for taking us up to the top of the mountain!

    Love your music. The last 2 video music selection had such great energy. Love that you are getting to do the things you enjoy again!

  • Jan Urquhart

    Hello, my name is Jan. First time commenting. Just really stumbled across you guys and iam absolutely hooked. Video is spectacular. Did you say you sailed from Auckland? Enjoy, wave at my parents, they emigrated there in 2015, well just south of Auckland. Can’t wait for the next video. Take care

  • Lorrie

    Beautiful! Pristine nature! Ultimate Professional video. Happy relaxing Sunday moments again. Love watching you upbeat folks, Appreciate you letting us tag along on your journeys.

  • Joy Kerkhoff

    I thoroughly enjoyed the wild sail to your anchorage! But the hike was even better! I love being able to follow you vicariously on your adventures! Fair winds!

  • Richard

    How did you get the bird to hop in time with the music?

  • Rod Philson

    I will be 70 this year, Love your clips. They take priority whenever they pop up. You are showing me places I want to go to when I get my boat … NZ is awesome. Rod P Auckland NZ

  • Tev

    Quite a hike. I wondered if you made it back by dark? Loved the shot of the cute little bird. The scenery is spectacular. God is truly amazing.

  • Michael

    Wow! What a view! You can see both sides of the land. Well worth the climb. Thank you very much.

  • Jeanette Brennan

    So great to be traveling again with you! A true Sunday Funday! Thank you! Tremendous scenery, history lesson and all round excellent video. What a workout – all those steps! 😳 Great job as always! Stay safe and enjoy every minute of life – it flies by! 💖⛵️🌟🏝

  • Edgardo R Garcia

    I’ve been a follower since the rv years… Love you guys…. Happy winds.. In southseas…

  • John Curtis

    That one was way too short!! 🙂 But beautiful!!


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