We live in sunny North Canterbury on a 11 hectare vineyard. The vineyard is situated in the Waipara region, one of New Zealand’s smaller wine growing areas. We are surrounded by some excellent wineries all of which are within cycling distance. We are located 50 minutes from Christchurch, 10 minutes from Amberley , the nearest town, and 45 minutes from Hanmer Springs (hot pools), a popular tourist destination Kaikoura, another popular tourist spot (Whales, Seals & Dolphins) is about an hour north of us
The vineyard is a busy place all year round and we would love some help with the vines and around the property.
We have travelled in Europe and the USA. We enjoy meeting new people and look forward to having fellow travellers in our home. Peter works full time on the vineyard and Maura works Monday - Friday in Christchurch.
Each Season brings new tasks and challenges but it is glorious to help outside in the sunshine and in such a scenic spot of New Zealand;
Spring Sept – Nov sees mowing, shoot thinning, lifting wires and vine management
Summer Dec – Mar sees vine training, shoot thinning, leaf plucking and fruit thinning.
Autumn April – May is harvest time
Winter Jun – Aug is pruning time
We also have a largish garden and it could benefit from a little help in keeping it in shape
We have a comfortable 3 bedroom home with open plan lounge. We also have two decks to relax or dine on. There are separate bathroom facilities for visitors. We have a swimming pool (unheated, but still refreshing after a day amongst the vines}. Waipara has it’s own micro climate and we enjoy wonderfully warm weather over the summer months. The winters are mild, generally a morning frost followed by a sunny day, though snow does occasionally put in an appearance.
Waipara is serviced by bus and rail. Christchurch is an international airport. The public transport is basically once a day and as such visitors may enjoy the flexibility of their own transport, especially if they wish to enjoy the attractions of the region.
We have a couple of cycles available for use by visitors.
We have a preference for applicants over 30 yrs old, good workers and those with no food allergies or special dietary needs. We have no objection to vegetarians.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hrs/day - max 25/week
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