Based on the latest forecast, it looks like tomorrow (Friday) will be the best day for a while to head to Great Barrier Island. Leaving early in the morning I should be able to get there by early evening and find a spot to hunker down for the next couple of days. A low is forecast to graze the North Island on Saturday, bringing strong southeasterly winds and rain. I plan to anchor in Kaiarara Bay, near Port Fitzroy. Brett tells me it'll be nicely sheltered from the coming blow.
I expect to spend a week or so at Great Barrier Island before proceeding northwards to Whangarei or directly to Bay Of Islands.