Cruising Blog: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Early next morning I was woken by the sound of music wafting through our balcony door. I pulled back the curtain to find that we had arrived in the picturesque harbour side capital of Port Vila Vanuatu.

Some of the brightly dressed Vanuatu locals were there to welcome us ashore with a smile and a lilting song as the heat of the day hit us.

Hard to believe that just a few days earlier we had been in the cooler spring days in New Zealand.

Port Vila is the trading centre and capital of Vanuatu. It’s perfectly located around a beautiful harbour on the south-western coast of the island of Efate. 

We were taken by one of the local Taxi drivers on a tour of the capital, stopping at several high points of the island – providing jaw dropping views over the amazing landscape, tropical rainforests spread down onto the coastline which was met by white sand beaches and crystal clear azure coloured waters.

We visited a local coffee factory which had one of the best coffees I have ever tasted and then it was onto a tour through the dirt streets of a local village. Certainly an eye opener to compare the living conditions of the local people to how we live back home in New Zealand. But regardless of their simple conditions they definitely showed us that they are a happy friendly people.

Vanuatu

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Cruising Blog: Lifou, New Caledonia

The next morning dawned just as warm and sunny as the previous day as we sailed into the small port of Lifou. Tender boats carried us ashore this time as the waters were way too shallow for our massive ship to dock.

Lifou is the largest island in the archipelago of coral atolls known as the Loyalty Islands. Long stretches of white sand beach, small coves, limestone caves, grottos and imposing cliffs gave the island one of the most dramatic landscapes I had ever seen.

I was left speechless by the beautiful beaches as I arrived ashore, shaded by palms and other native trees, they front the warm, crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea and we spent the day here snorkelling, swimming, or just lying on the soft, white sand. 

The brightly dressed, bubbly friendly locals provided stalls laden with handmade crafts, trinkets and freshly picked coconuts which they topped and served to us with a straw to drink the coconut milk before eating the sweet white flesh. The best coconut I have ever tasted!

The day went by far too quickly and it was soon time to board the tenders to the ship ready for another wonderful evening of live entertainment and gastronomic food.

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I am so excited to tell you all about my latest adventure!! I have recently spent ten days cruising on a ship around the Pacific Ocean!!!! It was absolutely awesome from start to finish!! Follow this blog for more about my trip.

Cruising Blog: Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea, New Caledonia

Our first port of call was the city of Noumea – the capital and largest city of New Caledonia, it is situated on a protected deep water harbour which serves as the main port for New Caledonia.
My first impression as I stood on the balcony of my cabin was that it was a very bustling noisy city but the native people waiting on the wharf were extremely friendly as they welcomed the over 2000 of us “cruiselings” ashore.
There was several market stalls selling all manner of beautiful clothing, jewellery and trinkets made by the locals as we made our way to the “train”, to begin our tour of the city.
As we wound our way through the palm tree lined streets with beautiful golden beaches, crystal clear aqua waters and the azure blue sky I was reminded me of our gorgeous palm tree pendant. The Paua Shell Cabochon reflecting the very same colours as the vista I was seeing.

After spending the day in the sunshine soaking up the sights of this sophisticated provincial French town with the friendly charms, and heavenly climate of the pacific islands we boarded the ship again ready to sail off to our next destination.

Palm Tree Pendant

About the Cruising Blog:

I am so excited to tell you all about my latest adventure!! I have recently spent ten days cruising on a ship around the Pacific Ocean!!!! It was absolutely awesome from start to finish!! Follow this blog for more about my trip.

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Cruising Blog – August 2018

I am so excited to tell you all about my latest adventure!! I have recently spent ten days cruising on a ship around the Pacific Ocean!!!!

It was absolutely awesome from start to finish!!

Cruise Ships Jewelry

My adventure began with a plane trip from Blenheim to Auckland where I stayed with my Brother, his wife and family. So great to meet with them and enjoy their awesome hospitality and a lovely evening meal.

The next day my partner and I had a look around the harbour district in the Auckland Viaduct and I was pleased to see a display of Ariki New Zealand Jewellery in one of the stores – it looked so beautiful and filled me with pride to see the tourists to New Zealand buzzing around the display.

Then it was time to board the ship – “The Pacific Jewel” at 245.08 m (804 ft. 1 in) long, and 12 decks this magnificent ship towered over us as we stood on the wharf The evening was calm and sunny as we cruised across the Harbour and out into the Pacific Ocean. Leaving the “City of Sails” as Auckland city is affectionately known far behind us.

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Yacht Pendant
Paua Jewelry Tree

Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL FROM ALL OF US HERE IN THE ARIKI FAMILY!

Maori: Meri Kirihimete
French: Joyeux Noël
German: Frohe Weinachten
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Italian: Buon Natale
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Romanian: Crăciun fericit
Polish: Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Swedish: God Jul
Czech: Veselé Vánoce
No matter which language you may use may use, my message to you all is the same for me!

Thank you for all of your support during the year – whether it be by liking our Facebook page, commenting on my blog, or purchasing our product it is very much appreciated.
I am very excited this year to be spending this special time with my family, including my grandson who is pictured below in his wee Christmas singlet. He is 14 months old now, running around everywhere, is still very cuddly and loving and truly a precious blessing to us all.

Christmas New Zealand

Our big news this year is that he is having a baby sister!!! My darling daughter is due to have a wee girl in early January 2019 so by the time I speak to you again I will be a grandmother for a second time and can’t wait to share photos of my wee princess.

So until then – I wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday season wherever you may be around the globe!

Meri Kirihimete.
Vicky. xxx

My Paua Shell Christmas tree has had an addition this year – a topping wreath constructed of even more Paua Shell and an extra special species of Paua called Queen Paua.
These creamy white Paua are another species native to the waters of New Zealand.
I have the tree covered in solar lights in blue and white this year and it truly is beautiful to see on our clear, warm summer nights.

Paua Shell Christmas Tree