After a month in the Bay of Islands, I now understand why so many regard this place as sailing Paradise. It has the nooks and crannies of the Puget Sound. Hundreds of small beautiful anchorages and first world groceries. The wind is more on par with the Bay Area... there is always wind!
I picked up a a temp job at Seapower, the marine do it all company in Opua. The team is great, and I fit right in. What I have learned so far - diesels keep technicians working - most vessels do not use proper heat shrink wire terminals - I like kiwi boats.
It looks like we will be sticking around here for a while.