I intend to sail my 38' steel sloop from Auckland to Wellington where she will stay.
I have extensive with blue water sailing (eg, NZ - islands) but have not sailed to Wellington before.
What are the pros and cons of either the west coast (heading north first) or the east coast? Places to stop, if any? Is it best to hang out up north after Cape Reinga and wait for a good window? If going east coast, is there an issue with headwinds after East Cape? These are things I have heard, hence my request to this wider, well-informed forum.
Also, is there a preferred time to go? Ideally, I would do this in the next weeks, month or so.
If this has been discussed before please advise which threads.
I am also looking for a crew member - see my other post.