The heart of the 'Catlins Coastal Conservation Park', New Zealand

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    Being family owned, we believe that our team members are part of our extended family. We have life-long friends who have visited and helped us over the years.

    We are located in a beautiful part of New Zealand, which is an up and coming destination for travellers. It is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and is a photographer's paradise with white sand beaches and turquoise waters, an abundance of rare wildlife including penguins and hectors dolphins, waterfalls and nature walks. Often you will witness the "southern lights". Many refer to the Catlins as a little piece of unspoiled heaven, with peace and tranquillity, in a rural setting.

    We pride ourselves on "fresh, clean eating" where we source our home- grown ingredients to use in our home- made products. The advantage of our establishment is that guests can eat, stay and play all in one location in the heart of The Catlins.

    Having your own set of wheels will definitely help you make the most of your time here. Many attractions are within a few minutes drive.

    As part of our team, you will contribute to our much larger vision. A smile, efficient work ethic and a 'can - do', attitude will go a long way. We have summer vacancies in many areas of our property. Our helpers will be assigned to tasks based on their skill levels and talents.

    Many projects are underway. We have free-range chickens, a goat, sheep and dogs. You will learn some life skills, as the work is extremely varied and you will meet other international travellers, with mentoring from our highly qualified regular staff, which will assist you in your life skills.

    We recommend that those applying have a strong passion for the outdoors, being away from "city life," on a day to day basis and be able to live and work with your fellow colleagues.

    You will need to commit to a minimum of two weeks, so that you can contribute to the team and enjoy the region, we recommend having your own wheels. You will need a NZ Holiday Work Visa. You will have accommodation provided, food for self- catering, wireless internet, DVD library, pool table, a non-alcoholic cafe beverage and great company all in exchange for 5 hours of your valuable assistance each day.

    We look forward to welcoming you to our special slice of paradise!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Helping with Tourists

  • Help


    Cultural exchange that will help with life skills & your travels. NZ Holiday Work Visa required.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Private Cabin for couples may be available or dorm style room for single travelers, all with bedding, access to cooking facilities, bathroom, hot showers, communal lounge area on the property. Interact with the guests, fellow colleagues and travellers. We provide you with food as you do your own cooking individually or as a group, as every one has different tastes. You will need to provide your own specialty items or gluten free bread products.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will have 19 hours per day to enjoy the Cathedral Caves, Lake Wilkie and many forest walks. There is yellow-eyed penquin watching, swimming, surfing, swimming with the dolphins, photography and lots of hiking near by. Get fit, have fun and workaway!

  • 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?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Working with our team of highly skilled mentors, will provide life-skills and ongoing opportunities to maybe obtain positions in the tourism industry for those with a NZ work visa. Chefs are welcome to learn and experience a Kiwi way of doing things from our amazing team. We also have a wood fired pizza oven.

  • ...

    Hours expected

    maximum 5 hours per day, 5 days a week

My Photo Album

Pizza Party
Up close to a rare Yellow- Eyed Penguin, at the Petrified Forest
End of Day Pool Tournament
Amelia & Sarah say goodbye after a great experience here... Always sad to see great new friends having to move on...!
Sarah & Amelia, from USA, enjoy the Catlins sun and spruce up our backpacker cabins with a new coat of paint.
Julija, tries her hand at the beer taps, nice pour by the way! One was for her. She did a great job on the painting. Thanks Julija...
Julija staining the pizza structure for our new wood fired pizza oven.
David & KJ, USA, landscape patrol... Thanks so much.
Franzi & Caroline, from Germany, enjoy our garden bar after a job well done in the housekeeping department. Thanks from the team
Gregor, our firewood Titan from Austria did a great job keeping us all warm for the next few years. Thanks for all your help.
Lynn, at the McLean Falls on the boundary of resort. A great afternoon stroll.
Isa our great workawayer dancing in front of the Cathedral Caves at low tide.
A crowded day at Tautuku Beach

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