Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year from Motueka

We arrived in Motueka on the 29th.We're staying at the 'Apple lnn',a trailer park next to an apple orchard. The weather has been wonderful so far.

Yesterday we went to kaiteriteri beach which has the most golden sand I've seen in New Zealand. We went swiming in a little inlet with stunning blue water. It was something you'd expect in Fiji or Hawaii. It is only 20 minutes away so we'll definitely be going back.

The scenery here is breathtaking; quite unlike anything I've ever seen. I feel like I've come to another country. The produce is cheap and fresh. The owner owner of Apple Inn gave us a huge bowl of fresh boysenberrys (similar to blackberrys.) The superlatives are getting out of hand, I know, but those berrys (berries?) were the best I've ever had.

What else? Well we're here with Maree's brother and his family so Rachel is just loving having her two cousins - Amy & Katy - to play with.
We celebrated Rachel's 4th birthday a couple of weeks early yesterday and Rachel loved the presents and food!

1 comment:

Janis said...

I'm a Van Alstine too! My name is Janis. I live in the US, and have tracked Van Alstine geneology throughout the US, Canada, and way back in Holland, but you guys are the first I've found in New Zealand. You have a great blog, and it seems like you're wonderful people- typical Van Alstine's! I'd love to email with you and see if we're related. Keep up the great blogging!