Back On The Barrier

I embarked on a trip to Auckland (Town) on the ferry with my car last week. The plan was to purchase a complete photo voltaic (PV) system and various other things that had either ‘broken’, like my gum boots, or things that I always needed, like a crimping tool. Taking advantage of a special deal (during a fraction of a year) for residents, it cost 320 NZD for a return trip for myself and a vehicle. I also took out the passenger and rear seats to maximise loading space. My next vehicle will definitely be a true 4×4, one with a transfer box and low gear, van.

On the way to the wharf in Tryphena.
On the way to the wharf in Tryphena.


The boat trip to Town is usually quite social. There are always heaps of locals on board and other interesting people to talk to. Whilst  chatting with a local, we spotted a couple whales in the horizon. It didn’t take long until the crew did so as well, and the ferry slowed down and headed toward them. I managed to get two useful shots.

humpback_whale2humpback_whale3Don’t take my word for it, but I assume they were humbacks. In Town, I filled the car tank and moments later my own with fast food from Burger King. Hmm, I don’t know, the menu looked too complicated; quite likely because everything is so dear…

I stayed with my friends in a posh area of Takapuna. Quite impressive location and a very tidy two bedroom unit. If you guys are reading this, Thanks Very Much. I’m a big fan of Takapuna, not only because this was the area I started off 11 years ago in New Zealand, but also because Takapuna just has it all.

Anyway, there were moments of nostalgia, I was very well taken care of and even went out, and met with friends I hadn’t seen since moving to the Barrier. A good night, although it will always baffle me how some Kiwis go hard to extremely loud chart/pop music. It’s quite a poor scene really; where is the style, where is the culture?

I spent about 5 hours in the PV shop, at times helping myself as if I worked there. I just leave it at that and write in detail in the near future what PV systems I purchased, how much it cost and how I installed it all. I’m hoping the weather gods will be mild so I can mount the solar panels on the roof this weekend. The good news is that I made it back to the Barrier, nothing got broken and that I’ve made a good start.

Enjoy the rest of the pictures and fingers crossed I’ll sort this PV system out soon.


The ferry returned via Port FitzRoy. You can see in the background Little Barrier Island (Hauturu).
The ferry returned via Port FitzRoy. This is Little Barrier Island (Hauturu).

fitzroy2fitzroyfitzroy3fitzroy4I’m keeping my ears wide open lately, as this is the time the bloody Kereru (New Zealand pigeon) decimate my fruit trees. Don’t quote me on it, but they are really only beautifully coloured, flying rats. Yesterday I heard something in the trees and was positively surprised to see a Kaka (New Zealand parrot) so close. See featured image of this post. It was eating away in a kanuka tree. They, too, like to eat any and all fruit. At least, unlike the kereru, they wait until there are fruit. Those flying rats eat leaves, buds, flowers, fruit. One of them even managed to get trapped in the chicken pen. It lost heaps of feathers in the netting.

I don’t know, maybe it was trying to eat the eggs. Of course it freed itself when I came close to take a picture, and I’ve seen that bastard today again, almost bare chested – do feathers grow back on pigeons? – waiting in the kanuka tree for me to stop swearing at it and walking away, so it can get back into eating from my plum trees. You know, the similarities with rats are almost endless. Kereru, too, are not satisfied when they find a selection of delicious food sources, no, they invite all their friends to continuous big feeds.

4 thoughts on “Back On The Barrier”

  1. Nz is such a small place… what was the probability of seeing someone you know from the past, who seldom is in Auckland, in a shop up in Silverdale at the random time that we chose to go there to purchase a solar panel system for our yacht 🙂 It was nice to see you again Beni. Remembered u to Vesna. Go well with your plans.

    Antony Alexander

    1. Indeed, great seeing you as well. Stefan is almost a young man, and I’m looking forward to seeing you and family in Barrier waters some day. It’s a great sailing adventure and nothing to be worried about when the trip is planned out. Hope the wind dies down so I can install the panels on the roof soon. Best wishes from me as well and congratulations on realising the yachting dream. Cheers, Ben

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