In order to make this full-time cruising thing work, we really need to live frugally and that means paying close attention to each and every penny we have and spending them carefully. I have a spreadsheet where I track everything we spend to a pretty detailed level, including the price of bread. Usually a loaf of bread in New Zealand costs us around NZ$3.50 - we have a few favorite brands and we typically buy whichever one is on sale. We've even purchased bread for as little as NZ$2.20, but to be honest the money we saved wasn't worth it. It tasted like a combination of cardboard and pencil shavings. So not yum. I'm pretty sure any nutritional value was overshadowed by the very long list of chemicals listed on the side of the bag. We won't be buying that brand again.
Once you get out of larger cities and towns and into more provincial areas and remote anchorages on islands, you do expect to pay a bit more for bread. We've gone up to NZ$5.00 and sometimes even NZ$5.50. When we were in Whangaroa, we were a bit desperate for bread, so we hit the local general store. You don't often find price tags in these types of places and I made the mistake of not asking how much the bread cost before I carried it up to the counter. I assumed it would be in the NZ$5.00 range, so when the lady asked for NZ$6.50, I almost fell over. She didn't even smile or say "please" or do anything at all to take the sting away. I think she had heard our American accents when we came in, noted the look of cruisers we had about us and thought to herself, "Yep, they're foreigners. They'll pay $6.50 for this loaf of bread." And we did. I really need to get an oven on our next boat so I can bake our own bread.
Here is the latest on our adventures up in Northland. And, yes, the menu featured bread.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Waking up at our anchorage in the Bay of Islands, the winds were still forecast to be high with moderate seas, so at first we were going to hold off on an early departure, but in the end we decided to just get going. We left the Bay of Islands around 7:00 am and were treated to an incredible send-off by the local dolphins. Once you're had your coffee and are ready to go, you kind of lose patience waiting around for the weather to break. Fortunately, it was a good call on our part and the weather was fine. We made our way up the coast and then stopped for a few hours at the Cavalli Islands, had lunch and waited for the tides to change in order to make things easier to get into Whangaroa Harbour.
|View from where we anchored at North Bay, Motukawanui Island in the Cavallis.|
|The aptly named Flat Island, which we saw on route to Whangaroa.|
|Rere Bay, Whangaroa Harbour.|
Friday, 7 March 2014
The next day, we went for a little tour of the various bays in Whangaroa Harbour before anchoring near the wharf. Whangaroa is a great harbor with a number of bays to choose from, although I have to say that the Rere Bay and the bay next to it are the prettiest of the bunch. If you want to explore Whangaroa town, anchoring near the wharf is probably your best bet. You can leave you dinghy on the beach and walk along the water into the main center. Alternatively, if you just need to make a quick stop, you can tie up to the public dock at the marina for an hour and they'll even let you use their showers. Water is a bit hard to come by - you can't get any water at the public wharf or the public dock at the marina. Fortunately, we still had plenty of reserves so it wasn't an issue for us. But it was a good reminder to me that you just can't assume you can easily get water in every town, especially during a drought.
|View of the Whangaroa marina|
|Pub at the Marlin Hotel in Whangaroa|
After anchoring, it was an early night and, of course, dinner featured grilled cheese made with our newly purchased bread.
|One of the previous owners painted this cute little seahorse on. It looks like they painted on the boat's name and former home (Waiheke Island) with leftover anti-foul paint. Very frugal and clever!|
Total nautical miles = 45
New price point for bread = NZ$6.50
Number of beers we had at the Marlin Hotel pub = 4
Cost of a beer at the Marlin Hotel pub = about the same as a loaf of bread
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