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Our home is a gardener's haven. It is filled with plants - both indoors and outdoors. We have made a lot of the furniture ourselves and are continuously working on artistic additions. Last year we received Highly Commended in the "NZ Shed of the Year" competition with our bath-house / meditation sanctuary.
We have a quarter acre section filled with fruit trees, perennials, a greenhouse and of course the bath-house. We have an extensive garage and workshop, which both Jay and Kate use for woodwork projects. At the back of the garage is a small cottage - in which lives a permanent house guest - who will be there when we are away. Our main house and all the grounds surrounding it are, of course, free to be used by guests. Two cats live in our home - they are both quite shy and spend most of their time in the garden or in their special sleeping places.
In winter everyone hangs out in the open plan lounge / kitchen / dining room around the log burner. In summer we spend most of our time on the porch or in the garden.
We have bikes that are free to be used to explore the area and a car available for long term guests if we make a simultaneous exchange.
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We live in Motueka, which is the closest town of any size (8000 residents) to the Abel Tasman National Park. This park is renowned for its forest-fringed, golden beaches, calm azure waters and sculpted granite headlands and islands. The Abel Tasman Park is one of the "Great Walks" in New Zealand.
Down the road from us is the picturesque Maori pah (meeting house). If you are interested, you may be able to take part in a powhiri (welcoming onto the marae) and join in traditional cultural programs.
Motueka is an apple and kiwifruit region, rural and rustic. There is one main street with shops and cafes, two supermarkets and several schools, movie theatres, library, salt water baths and a recreation centre in the vicinity. Our home is within walking or easy biking distance of most of these amenities.
Aside from the Abel Tasman Park, we also border the Kahurangi National Park which has vast tracts of walks for keen hikers.
There are many beautiful cycling tracks surrounding us and we are on the Tasman Great Taste trail - which is a stretch of cycling tracks that goes along the coast from the golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach to Nelson and also to Kohatu Junction (inland)- depending on the direction you wish to take. There are many great day trips that can be taken on the bikes.
We are new to this site - and are planning on taking off 3 months from our jobs next year to spend time in Portugal, Spain, Morocco and / or Turkey (these are our wish-list locations, but nothing is sure yet). We have a strong desire to travel again now that the borders are open finally! Ideally we would love to do a longer term simultaneous reciprocal exchange with another family / couple rather than use the Guest Point system.
If it is not simultaneous, we welcome guests to stay in our spare bedroom (we can only accommodate a couple in times when we are not available for reciprocal exchange), however we are a vegetarian household and we would expect guests to respect this. You would be given privacy and we love hosting people from overseas. Jay is fluent in many languages - Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog and English and we love to meet kindred spirits. For me, when I travel - meeting and exchanging stories with others is the main highlight of any trip - rather than the sights. This is what sticks in my memory long after the photo shoots prove I was in a place.
Please feel free to contact me or favourite our place, so I can check out where you live too... and let's start dreaming!
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