My work is international but my home base is in New Zealand, close to the ocean. As far as possible I try to get out on the water at least once a week. For some odd reason I tend to gravitate to equipment intensive activities, such as dinghy sailing, wind surfing, or sea kayaking. What toy gets pulled out of the garage depends entirely on the weather and water conditions, and the range of options ensures that "downtime" is minimized. The one thing that I miss at my doorstep is a good surf break. That means a surfing session always involves a two hour trip by car.
I have a strong interest in protecting the marine environment, which is currently threatended in most parts of the world by intensive fishing, pollution, and global warming. If you are active in this space, please get in touch for an exchange of thoughts and collaboration on concrete initiatives.
Have posted some pictures in the sections below. If you are thinking about visiting New Zelaand, and have questions regarding water based activities, simply send me an email, and I should hopefully be able to point you in the right direction.
OK, I better get out there, it looks like a wind surfing day ...
Here are some old snapshots from a trip off the Wellington South Coast on one of the rare calm days.
Looking towards Bearing Head
The Cook Strait ferry
The entrance to Wellington harbour is on the right
Pictures from paddling trips in the Marlborough Sounds.
Just a little bit colder in the morning than we thought
Different time of year
Worthwhile to walk up the hills for a different perspective
An ideal paddling day
Various pictures taken within a couple of hours drive from Wellington.
Looking towards Paraparaumu from Kapiti Island
You need a thick skin to feel comfortable at Cape Palliser
Typical evening at Castlepoint
The last waves at the Gap in Castlepoint
Going fishing Wairarapa style