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Code Blue – Hobbiton – Film Location for Hobbit and Lord of the Rings April 30, 2017

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2012.

Bridge and Mill* — The first bridge was made of polystyrene foam,
plywood, and scaffolding the second was more permanent materials of there
own bricks so they could make them lighter.

To Code Blue Folks – 30 April 2017

“HOBBITON” From Auckland we went to a holiday park in Cambridge and stayed the 16th of March. This is near Hobbiton. We had tickets the next day on the 17th (Saint Patrick’s Day) for 12:10pm. This is the 1250 acre Alexander sheep farm that was picked by Peter Jackson and crew for The Hobbit and also for Lord of the Rings trilogies near the town of Matamata. The owners of the ranch provide tours of the movie sets that are in the area. 44 Hobbit homes, mill and Green Dragon pub are offered up in this $79 NZD tour. A bus picks you up and takes you to the area. At the end you get a drink at the Green Dragon pub. A guide walks you thru the area and offers up
bits of movie lore.



Code Blue – Spa, Maori & War Museum April 9, 2017

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Sailing Waka – Smaller sailing waka

Code Blue Folks — 4-9-17

*SPA and WATER SLIDES* – March 15th we took off for Auckland and points
south on the North Island heading for some areas on the North Island we
haven’t covered before. We stopped at Orewa a small town on the way on the
east seashore. This was a Top Ten Holiday Park and we noticed a hot
springs was nearby so we headed for the Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa Resort
about 7 km away. It had several concrete pools and water slides with
natural thermal water. Pools had names like Lava Pool 48 degs Celsius,
Sapphire Pool 40 C, Seal Pool 36 C, The Blowhole 35 C, Opal 31 C and
several pools for kids one was the movie pool with The Big Friendly Giant
(BFG) playing. The Lava pool was much too hot. Near the end, as I’d almost
forgotten, they were in a different area, I tried a few water slides.


Code Blue – Cape Reinga and Our Trip North March 24, 2017

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LH Cape Reinga – Lighthouse Cape Reinga, the view you get from near the parking lot.

Code Blue – Cape Reinga and Our Trip North

We started off from Whangarei March 4th to the northland as we haven’t
covered this area at all. We stayed at Matauri Bay camp after a lot of
driving north. The next morning we went around to a bunch of beaches.
Sometimes they aren’t easy to get to as gravel roads and bumpy. We managed
to get to 6 different beaches some facing north, south, east and west. To
me they looked pretty much the same but Judy liked them. We then stayed at
the furthest north Top Ten Holiday Park, Whatuwhiwhi on the 5th. Later we
learn it is pronounced Fat-too-fee-fee. We proceed to Cape Reinga on the


Code Blue – Update 2-21-17 New Zealand February 21, 2017

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2017.
Waitangi - 100 ft Waka canoe landing

Waitangi – 100 ft Waka canoe landing

To: Code Blue Folks,

REMOTE VAN KEY – While visiting another boat on the dock a couple of us were talking with Mark the owner. I was playing with my van keys a bit with my left hand. Soon the Van remote control key fell onto the dock and bounced into the salt water. It had a metal ring and a 10” long blue tape with my name on it left over from having the brakes worked on. Mark didn’t recommend diving for it as it is a very silty mud bottom and the water is pretty yucky here. You can’t see more than six inches and once you touch the bottom you have a silt storm with no visibility.


Code Blue – Poor Knight Islands and Our Trip South from Opua December 17, 2016

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2016.


We had a really good time with the All Points rally in Opua, in the Bay of
Islands, but it was time to move on down the coast and back to Whangarei.
It’s hard to believe that it’s our third time to New Zealand. We left Opua on Tues, Nov 29 and got to Whangarei on Sat, Dec 3. Had mostly good
weather, but not much wind. It’s still quite a change from the weather in
Fiji. We have the flannel sheets on our bunk with a blanket and a
comforter. The days get into the 70’s but down to the low 60’s at night
and that’s cold to us!


s/v Code Blue — U Safe – Robot Life Guard November 19, 2016

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Judy with Code Blue at the Opua quarantine dock notice the yellow q-flag

Judy with Code Blue at the Opua quarantine dock notice the yellow q-flag

Judy with Code Blue at the Opua quarantine dock

U Safe – Robot Life Guard

One of the skippers found this on the web. Thought I’d send to you. We’re at our limit of weight and space and beyond but I like the idea. Several models.


U Safe


Made Opua on 11-16 7:30pm November 16, 2016

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2016.

Now on the dock. Only 8 day passage our fastest yet. All Points Rally
just started. Gale is going on off shore. Made it in just in time.

Computer glitch for right mouse click on software. Chart plotter and
Airmail on SSB would not work. Main autopilot software not holding our
heading. Backup windvane tiller pilot worked great. Fast sailing mostly

Steve & Judy
S/V Code blue

News From Code Blue November 13, 2016

Posted by captnmike in Code Blue 2016.

I got a short note this morning from Carl on S/V Sequoia they are sailing to NZ with Code Blue.  Code Blue can’t send email right now.

Code Blue is OK and doing fine and should be in Opua on Wed or Thurs.

Current location 28-04S  174-35E


s/v Code Blue – Status Report Crossing from Fiji to NZ November 10, 2016

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[position] 20 23S, 175 17E
[heading] 190M
[speed] 5-6 kt
[weather] 10-20 kt, ESE, 50% cc, 1012, 1-2m
[status] winds variable speed, all well on board
Temperature 75 to 72 F.
Winds have been mostly 10 to 24 at most. Sometimes down less for a while.

Judy’s shift of 4 1/2 hours not the best, Heidi not holding, up and down winds, sail changes. Slower boat. Now 3am local, 14:00 UTC so my turn. So far enough time to do a report. We’ve been chatting with other boats at 6pm and 9am on 8.173 Mhz on SSB radio. We left a day earlier than other boats Rewa and Sequoia from Fiji to NZ, but they are faster and longer. Our mileage has been decent at 126 and 123 miles. 63 miles for last 12 hrs. 3778 trip odometer with 316 miles for the trip. Silhouette waiting for 20th or so.


Left Vuda Point Marina Nov 8th at 1:55pm November 8, 2016

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Leaving Vuda Point Marina

Leaving Vuda Point Marina

Originally we were set to fill up fuel at 9:30am today Nov 8th but some boat came in and emptied their tank of 700 liters and we had to wait for the fuel truck that was supposed to arrive at 10am but due to other stops we finally got fuel to their tank at 1pm. Then we had to wait until they were done before we could start. They wanted to make sure they got what they paid for on their dip stick. We took on 42 plus gallons at about $2.65 USD a gallon.