From late 2003 until I sold her in 2012 THE HAWKE OF TUONELA was based in one of the world’s great cruising grounds, New Zealand’s Bay of Islands.

       I paid the duty on THE HAWKE OF TUONELA so she could stay in New Zealand, although subsequently I twice sailed her to South Pacific Islands and once around the world, and bought for her what has been called the best mooring in the world.

        While they nominally lie outside the bay, I consider two of my favorite harbors, Whangaroa, twenty-five miles to the northwest, and Whangamumu, five miles to the south, to be within Bay of Island cruising grounds.


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