The Metservice have said
A front embedded in a southwest flow passes across northern New Zealand late evening, followed by gales. Southwesterlies ease over the region Saturday as a ridge moves east onto the North Island, and tend northwest Sunday ahead of a new trough that moves onto the Island Tuesday.
Friday: Westerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots rising to southwest 35 knots gusting 50 knots this evening. Rough sea becoming very rough this evening. Fair visibility in occasional showers, becoming poor in squally showers this evening.
Saturday: Southwest 35 knots gusting 50 knots easing to 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the morning, then to 20 knots in the evening. Very rough sea becoming rough in the morning and moderate in the evening. Poor visibility in showers, easing to fair visibility in just a few showers in the morning. High tide is 0226 at 2.8m
Sunday: Becoming northwest 10 knots and rising 20 knots later. Cloudy at times. High tide is 1506 at 2.8m.
Your best be is probably a run to Waiheke and a ferry ride home, but I have some kms to slog through so will probably plough through it in the inner harbour heading west into it so I can enjoy the ride home.
The Metservice currently have a gale warning in force for all areas, so please be safe out there – in fact it is probably a good conditions to test out life jackets, drink systems and leg ropes, there is absolutely NO shame in that.