News of: 15.01.2022, at 09:17:04 hrs

Start of a crowdfunding campaign for new drone

Our reader Heinz from Cologne called in a guestbook entry (only in German) for a crowdfunding campaign to finance a new drone: "Dear reader of this webpage: It would be a pity if we could not see any more of those phantastic arial images, taken from a drone. Let's start a crowdfunding campain to enable our friends to impress us with more exiting images from the birds perspective. I am making the first step and donate Euro 50.00. We wish you all a very good time. The tree fans from Cologne Renate, Philip Manuel and Heinz."


News of: 08.09.2021, at 07:10:28 hrs

Back to almost normal

New Zealand returns back to “live”, meaning lockdown is over. But there are still alert levels with precautions to prevent the high infectious Delta variant of the Corona virus to spread again. Only Auckland remains a bit longer in lockdown.


News of: 18.08.2021, at 06:00:00 hrs

Lockdown No.2

The Delta variant of the Corona Virus has reached New Zealand. Besides all strict measures at the boarder to prevent any virus spreading to the community one person got it and has spread it already to some close friends and co-workers. The government of NZ reacts fast and has issued the level 4 alert from today, which means lockdown for at least 3 days nation wide, more in the affected areas Auckland and Coromandel.


News of: 12.05.2021, at 02:08:49 hrs

New Zealand circumnavigated

We made it and finished our circumnavigation of New Zealand. Only very few cruisers are brave enough to sail down in the roaring forties. Our trip begun in Whangarei on November 13 l2020 and finishes on May 9 in 2021. From those 175 days we sailed on 90 days a total distance of 3140 nautical miles and stayed at 80 anchorages and in 6 marinas, where we explored those areas on foot.


News of: 19.12.2020, at 06:08:30 hrs

SuAn at the other end of the world

Further away from home than the south of New Zealand isn't possible. Even the Antarctica is closer to Germany.


News of: 23.07.2020, at 08:55:47 hrs

Winter Cruising in New Zealand

Winter Sailing

The Corona virus is still a big world wide pandemic with increasing numbers of cases and deaths. New Zealand , as well as most of the other countries, is protecting its boarders from international arrivals. So we cannot leave by boat since we do not know, where we would be accepted for arrivals. It is winter in the southern hemisphere. The temperatures on the North-Island of NZ are between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius. Not so bad. But almost weekly low pressure systems come along with lots of rain and strong winds. The east coast of NZ‘s North Island has lots of beautiful bays which provide shelter in strong winds. It is time to explore them.


News of: 21.04.2020, at 06:33:09 hrs



Covid-19 is changing everyone's plans, ours too. The state of national emergency in New Zealand starts on March 26 and keeps everyone for at least four weeks in social isolation. Businesses are shut down, people have to stay at home. This means for us, that we cannot launch SuAn and leave New Zealand as planned in the middle of April towards the Pacific Island. Since there are severe travel restrictions worldwide we have to stay in New Zealand for an unknown period of time.


News of: 21.02.2020, at 07:34:33 hrs


SuAn is safely stored in Whangarei. It is our second season in New Zealand. This time we use our Nissan Serena camper to cruise around the South Island of this beautiful country.


News of: 13.05.2019, at 13:00:00 hrs

Warm welcome in Fiji


After a total distance of 1253 nautical miles, or 2320 km we are arriving today in Fiji. We stared in Marsden Cove Marina in New Zealand, stopped briefly in the amazing Minerva Reef and made finally landfall in Vuda Marina at the western coast of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. Already at the customs dock we are warmly welcomed by a group of locals singing a welcome song for us.


News of: 23.04.2019, at 07:00:00 hrs


All vessels need maintenance. This is also true for SuAn. Since exactly two month we are working every day on the vessel. Now we see some light at the end of the tunnel. We are assuming that in one or two weeks we will take SuAn back in the water.