A Tree With A View

We spent a blustery day in Russell, an old whaling village with a raucous reputation turned quaint vacation town. We spent an afternoon touring the museum, eating fresh oysters at the oldest bar and hotel in the country, and went to the bookstore to pickup our New Zealand birding guide and the latest issue of Vogue.

Then we cruised across the bay, spotted a pod of dolphins, and dropped the hook in to Otaio Bay, the northern anchorage on Urupukapuka Island—a series of bluffs crested with trees and lined with coves and secluded, sandy beaches.