The Warrior arrives in AucklandMauri ora! Auckland. You really know how to make a girl feel welcome.

I had a feeling this was going to be a red letter day right from the moment I woke up from the rocking embrace of the ship to shouts of “DOLPHINS!!!”

I launched myself out of the top bunk, banged my head and shins, several times, and headed straight to the main deck with the pillow marks of an incredibly restful sleep still on my cheeks.   

The sun announced its intention for a scorching day in Tamaki Makaurau, the sails were up and the dolphins played around the boat urging us towards the harbour. 

Auckland was just a tiny, hazy speck way in the distance; I recognised the iconic shape of Rangitoto so I knew we must be getting close.  Then out from the harbour came all manner of boats to sail and motor alongside us, shepherding the new Rainbow Warrior into Auckland harbour for the very first time for a stunning greeting by Pakihana Hawke of Ngāti Whātua o Orakei.

Our welcome by Ngāti Whātua o Orakei

Thank you for your amazing welcome Auckland it means so very much to us all.  Please allow us to repay the favour this weekend in some small way, pop down to Princes Wharf with your family and friends and let us welcome you on board the new Rainbow Warrior.

More photos here.