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Sailing near Auckland and Whangarei, in New Zealand

Green Mussel Farm near Waimate Island, New Zealand

Our sailing experience near Auckland is one of the best. There are many islands and well-protected anchorages wherever we did a day sailing. No loud music played on neighboring boats and most of the places were quiet, with only the sound of pure nature.

We were mostly by ourselves. It made me think a lot about “Purpose of Life”. My recent conclusion is that “Life is to be happy” and “Happiness comes from progress”.

My problem in New Zealand is to remember and pronounce its island names written in Maori language.

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Hiking to Mount Hobson Summit on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

This hike is about 11 miles round trip from sea level to the summit (about 2,000 ft). Watch YouTube here.

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Happy New Year 2024!

View from the Stony Batter Historic Reserve Hiking Trail, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

“Chase your passion!” – that’s my New Year’s mantra.

Summer is here. The days, which were over 16 hours long on December 22nd, are now just a little under 16 hours. With daylight lasting until 9 pm, I often find myself missing my bedtime, but I can’t help but enjoy it.

Auckland has many small islands with well-protected anchorages. We’ve been exploring these areas by sailboat and discovered that Kiwis truly embrace the art of sailing. It’s easy to see why Auckland is known as the “City of Sails.”

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A Month Stay in Auckland, New Zealand

River by Waipapa Dam, Outside of Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

The population of New Zealand is about 5.2 million. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand while Auckland is the largest city with about 30% of the country’s population.

Auckland is known as the “City of Sails”. In 2017, when we sailed in Bermuda, we witnessed Team USA losing the America’s Cup to Team New Zealand. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2021, Team New Zealand successfully defended the cup. The next race, the 37th America’s Cup is scheduled to take place between August and October 2024 Barcelona,

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