Small farm with horses, gardens and orchard in the beautiful Ruakokoputuna River Valley, New Zealand

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  • Description

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    Hi,
    We are looking for people to share our home and help us with the horses and other animals and the garden & home orchard.

    Even if it looks like we are already booked up with Workawayers, there are sometimes cancellations so it is always worthwhile making an inquiry. We have been hosting volunteers for 10 years now and have made some wonderful life-long friends.

    In particular we are looking for someone or two to help us with our young sport-horses - for this you need to have experience with riding and handling horses and also be fit and under 70kg. Our horses are spirited sports horses - not quiet riding school horses - so you need to have experience of these kind of horses if you want to ride and work with them. Or if you are not confident with riding then there are of course other horse and household jobs to do.

    There is also work in the garden, the orchard and the house etc. We love it when volunteers like to cook too!! ( we always have a well stocked pantry for those who want to bake and cook).

    We have a small, beautiful property nestled in a bend of the picturesque Ruakokoputuna River Valley near the wine growing village of Martinborough (15 minutes away). Martinborough is in the Wairarapa province - we are 1.5 hours from Wellington. We work from home with Melissa involved with the horses and equestrian activities and Burton as a writer, publisher and inventor. We have 4 grown up children.

    We are looking for self motivated, hard working, energetic people who like a variety of work and who appreciate healthy living, good conversation, interesting ideas, scenic beauty and physical activity. Volunteers need to be able to work independently as although we are mostly around, we are often busy with our own work. Sometimes you will be on you own in sole-charge of the place and the animals.

    An interest and experience with horses is important as we have several young horses - 2 young riding horses and then a rising 3 year old and two gorgeous foals.

    Comfortable accommodation, good food and wine, and beautiful surroundings are what we offer in return for your assistance around the property. It is great if you have your own vehicle (or at least your drivers license as we have a car you can use) as then you can explore the local environment.
    We are also sometimes looking for experienced responsible people or couples who would be happy to look after our place for a week or two when we have to go away.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    We have a big home vegetable garden, a home orchard and also run a few sheep, cows, chickens and horses. We are not commercial but have our farmlet to enhance our family's health and well-being. Tasks include gardening, planting, working with horses, helping with animals, composting, household tasks, cooking, property maintenance etc. We are not vegetarian but don't mind if you are - particularly if you are happy to help with cooking.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have either a bedroom in our house with a queen sized bed or a very quaint gypsy caravan type house truck. This has a double bed and a table and sink etc.
    Meals are shared with us. We have broadband internet access.
    Our home is fairly open plan and warm. Mostly it is just the two of us here during the week with our daughter coming back from university most weekends to work with the horses.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Wairarapa is a non-touristic area which has many beautiful places to discover - Cape Palliser Seal Colony, Castlepoint, Mt Holdsworth Forest Park, Patuna Chasm, Blue Rock Glow Worm Caves and Lake Ferry to name a few.
    The weather like all of New Zealand is unpredictable and so you need to have clothes for all weathers.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours per day - but flexible. Can work more sometimes and then have day off.


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The Ruakokoputuna Valley - looking towards the Haurangi Mountains.
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