The Gogos family from the German city of Bonn said that they had received a letter, signed by Scott, Julia, Lea and Alice Joy of Auckland, but the finder didn't give their address.
"Dear Sila, Frida, Maja and Jon, we found this message in a bottle and are sending it back from Auckland, New Zealand," the reply read. "It has traveled a long way!"
Now the family is trying to find the New Zealanders who discovered the bottle. They said the action was a joint venture with the children of another family. "Our children Maja and Silas are 12 and 14 today, our friends children Jon and Frida are 11 and 14 years old."
"We are still totally surprised to have received feedback after all this time. And then of all the places, from New Zealand, our dream destination, to which we have unfortunately not yet been," Julia Gogos, mother of the family told DW.