It is time to say goodbye. Goodbye to the year 2014, which started and ended for me in New Zealand. One year ago it was short before my trip home to LA and Munich, now it's at the beginning of the trip around the south island of New Zealand. Both full of excitement. I have enjoyed each and every day of my time so far in New Zealand, especially this year. During the time since my friend and her boyfriend came 2 weeks ago we have seen such a diverse nature, met lovely people (not only our friends but also complete strangers), saw and heard beautiful wildlife (dolphins, penguins, seals, birds…), did amazing hikes, had great food, relaxed, had wonderful sailing (and motoring ;-)….the list goes on forever. Nature changes between rainforest, europe and south sea with the most beautiful beaches I have seen on this whole trip. Everyday I fall more in love with New Zealand, especially while exploring it from the sea. It is hard to express my feelings of happiness and joy that I have here: about our wonderful Kiwi friends, other sailor friends, local people (who even escort us out of a bay by playing the trumpet) and all that I have written above.
So it comes at no big surprise that I am looking forward to an exciting 2015 with 5 more months in Kiwi-land and the exciting and challenging trip down south into the storm area. Also I am very much looking forward to sailing to Australia - a continent which I already have visited for a month and fell in love with over 20 years ago. And in-between: photo shooting with Alita in front of an active volcano in Vanuatu. These for sure will be my personal highlights.
I wish you all a good start into a healthy and exciting New Year. May you come a step closer to your dreams!
Here are some pictures of the last 2 weeks. You find all the pictures online at
Rounding Cape Reinga!
A sand dune flowing into the water just like a glacier in Patagonia. This is at Cape Reinga, already in the Tasman Sea
Alita in Hokianga Harbour - the only sailboat by far, a real attraction for the locals, who very rarely see a sailor come in over the sandbank, a very dangerous entry. In the background you can see the sand dune which we walked up to the very top and then jumped down. Soo much fun….
New Zealand's biggest Kauri tree
…and the four sisters
…and the second largest Kauri tree
View over the Waipoua National Reserve where you find the most Kauri trees
Alita in Hokianga harbor
Found in the countryside at a gas station:
Alex' farewell - so special! Thanks Alex!