Volunteer in Piha Beach, New Zealand. Great for surfers.

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    We are looking for a couple to come to the wild wonderful surf beach of Piha on the west coast of Auckland . Our volunteers must have good housekeeping/cleaning experience . Practical painting, building skills and gardening skills etc would be helpful too .Right now we need help in the garden and outside and a bit of cleaning. .

    We run a small accommodation business at this great surf beach of Piha on the West coast, 45 minutes drive to Auckland. We have hosted many young travelers from all around the world . We are two women and welcome all clean living people to our workaway scheme. No drugs or big drinkers please. Piha is a small coastal village so if you are wanting night clubs and lots of bars etc, then its not for you. If you love nature, surfing, tramping, coffee, smaller communities etc then Piha is for you. :). It is quiet I winter and that means mainly caring for the gardens and our house.

    There is no bus to the city so you either have to have a vehicle or hitch hike over the hill to get to the city. A ride with a local is never a problem. We are happy to pick you up at the train station when you first arrive.

    Over the summer, we prefer our helpers to stay a minimum of a month - usually they dont want to leave anyway! One even stayed for a year! In winter 3 weeks would be fine, but longer if it works well. Unfortunately we cant take people for a week or 2 because it takes a week to train up and settle in.

    During summer we need a couple who are good cleaners, and who are are fussy about tidiness , to help with cleaning, making up the cottages and pressing the linen etc. Gardening experience is needed at this time of the year too but its mainly just moving weeds etc. under Bobbie's supervision

    In winter it is similar but mainly garden work outside and helping us keep the property ticking over.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    In summer, It could be clearing the garden , weeding, mowing lawns, cleaning house, cleaning windows, repairing things, painting, building - just general stuff. Helping to keep the property looking nice and running smoothly.. Most importantly, when guests leave, you have to make up the cottages i.e. bed, cleaning suites thoroughly etc. You must be thorough and quick and take the initiative. For the summer months December - April, very good and quick housekeepers are most important, but you must be able to work outside too. If you are not experienced at housekeeping then we cant have you over the summer months because it can be busy. Since we are in the best surf beach in NZ and close to Auckland, we get lots of surfers, runners and trampers who spend most of the time in the water (in summer) or in the bush on the tracks when they have finished work.

    Couples are preferred and are great for us as they keep each other company and we do prefer couples over the summer. We dont want single people to get lonely and we dont want them bringing people we don't know home with them! We are very friendly, but dont want to have to entertain you. We have lots going on in our own lives, so you have to enjoy your own company or find others to enjoy. In saying that, we are very friendly and love getting to know our young travelers. Actually our volunteers enjoy having their own space and their own cooking facilities.

    If you are a nightclub, bar hopper etc, you would get bored in Piha, but if you love the outdoors and beach and popping in to the city now and then, you will love it here. There is no bus service to Piha, but hitching is easy. There are 3 places where you can have a drink or dinner, get to know the locals and other young people and have a meal and the Cafe is fantastic, friendly and busy. There are quite a few surf competitions etc on in Piha over summer. Winter is quiet, but many people prefer the wildness of it all at this time, with huge surf and roaring Tasman Sea.
    Contact us if this suits you.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and a little French

  • Accommodation


    Small cabin of your own(we only have 1 person or a couple at a time). Shared bathroom but would love someone to build a shower in the bush and help us sort a bathroom setup.. Fridge, bench top oven, kettle, table etc. Indoor/outdoor kitchen. Not the Hilton, but pretty comfortable and a bit like glamping.

    We are very careful about conserving water in summer because we are on tank water so short showers and if we have a drought like last summer then it is washing over the basin and a shower every 3rd day. Of course there is the wonderful Tasman Sea at your door step, and a shower there which gets water from a ground bore so you will be nice and fresh anyway :). Young women with long hair, who are used to washing it daily may not enjoy this but it is a matter of necessity for us. Water is like gold in summer! Winter time we have more water than we can cope with :).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Great for surfers, beach lovers, runners, trampers etc, but we do expect 3 - 4 hours work each a day when needed . People who are independent although friendly and can hold a good conversation when needed.

    Our volunteers love it here. We have had wonderful helpers from France, Uk, USA and Italy etc who were quick to realise what needed to be done and took the initiative. You can run down and check the surf half a minute away and if its no good go exploring etc. In summer, good housekeeping skills are essential. In winter we get wild and crazy storms but also beautiful days. In winter bring your Kindle! !

    You must be prepared to get hot and dirty and not be afraid of working in the garden with us sometimes or to paint, or help with other property in the city, clean the cottages when guests leave etc. and generally take the initiative to help us keep organized – or get us organized around the property! .Last summer we had a 5 month drought in NZ so water was rationed and we all ended up washing in the surf!! only a half minute away!! You cant wash your hair every day, if you get my drift :).

    Understanding of English is quite important because during the summer we are too busy to have to explain everything several times. It’s a give and take situation really. You do your own cooking although we sometimes invite you for dinner and we totally understand you have your own lives just as we do, so you are not obliged to be with us all the time.

    But most important to us are initiative, honesty, willingness, ability, fun, outgoing, strong, not afraid using initiative. In summer its great for those who love the water and the beach. In winter and summer there are great walks, fabulous cafe and often bands playing at the clubs, and also different things to do like yoga, fitness groups etc.. We love you to take ownership of the property, under our supervision of course :) .

    If you are interested, please read our profile carefully so you have a good understanding of us. Also, if there are two of you, we need a profile on you both. We will not respond if there are not good clear pictures. More pictures the better.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Volunteering hours expected

    2 to 4 hours each depending on what needs to be done.

My Photo Album

Looking over Piha on the way into the village.
Our house, nearly Christmas
Sunset, Piha
Tramping from Piha to KareKare along the coast
Part of the Junior World Surf Championship at Piha
Julia and Bobbie at Piha Cafe.
BBQ birthday for our French workaway with the Italian workaway and his international friends, Bobbie and Julia
After work fun with workaways and Bobbie
Your hosts, Bobbie and Julia
After 3 hours surfing, lunch is served!
Two of our French workaways outside the hut.
Fun in the surf.

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