Come and help us on our olive groves, garden and around the house near Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand


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  • Description


    May 2019 is available.
    We would welcome a young couple or a young man or two young men (the self contained apartment sleep two)

    Workawayers are booked for all of June, July, August and October (Fr. Sweden, Germany and UK)

    WAIMATE NORTH is in the popular Bay of Islands region, near KERIKERI and PAIHIA (pronounced Pie Here)
    Here at Waimate North we have 3.3 landscaped hectares with two olive groves of 140 trees and four large ponds with waterlillies and ducks and swamp birds. There are lots of birds and rabbits (all accepted and welcome) two beautiful white swans and a goose called Eric.
    Graham has breakfast and lunch every day with a handsome myna bird he raised from an egg in December 2017. Josef flies free 24 hrs a day but likes to stay close by. He thinks we are an excellent myna restaurant! He sings and tells fibs (lies) !

    Our orchard of twenty trees includes 10 avocado trees of four varieties on rich volcanic soil.

    Area of lawns and olive groves is 2.2 hectares mown weekly by Graham. All very neat and peaceful. 200m of handmade rock walls. 200 metres of gravelled driveway and 200 metres of concrete driveway. Two electric self-opening gates. One lovely dog called Gemma.

    A large, modern, two story, four bedroom house.
    PLUS a modern, self contained, fully equipped UNIT for the use of helpers/guests. (In New Zealand a UNIT is also called a FLAT or a small apartment.)

    This 36 sm UNIT is fully independent and is equipped for comfort: the modern kitchen has an electric cooktop and microwave oven and a fridge. Freezer space is available to share. Our guests like to provide and cook their own meals.

    There is a queen sofa bed in this UNIT plus a king single bed in a separate room within the UNIT. Hot shower. WC. Easy car parking alongside the door of the UNIT.
    NOTE : this unit (flat) is very clean, very neat and very tidy (like Noelle keeps her house)

    Please help Graham prune trees and tidy up. Plus odd jobs about the property as Graham broke his back and can only work from his quad bike or electric farm vehicle. Help with a small, rich vegetable garden. Noelle might like some help with housekeeping (eg clean windows with a window vacuum) and also with small gardening tasks in her gardens near the house.

    Because guests provide and cook their own meals we ask for no more than about three hours a day (approximately)

    Ask to stay EXTRA DAYS FREE, we will enjoy seeing you enjoy your visit.

    IMPORTANT NOTE .... HELPERS/GUESTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORT AND FOOD : the all-electric kitchen has every facility. Some times Graham or a guest will cook us all a meal which we share. We enjoy good company and the exchange of cultures.

    Tea and coffee and basic seasonings are supplied. Bedding and towels are supplied. Share laundry is available, top loading machine.

    This is an excellent handy location for day trips to the North (Doubtless Bay, Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga): West (Hokianga Harbour and giant Kauri trees): East to Paihia, (boat trips, islands and historic Russell.) For trips to Cape Reinga and for trips to Russell our guests take the whole day off and this gives them lots of time for exploring. We like to see them making the most of their stay and enjoy hearing about their adventures when they return. You can even leave to go north for a few days and return to your unit to continue your stay. We are very relaxed and happy to fit in with your wishes.

    We are 16kms to Kerikeri CBD (main shopping village) : 10 kms to Kerikeri Airport: 18km to Paihia (beach and ferries)

    Graham is a retired Bay of Islands cruise boat skipper (captain) , Noelle is a retired receptionist and Hydrographic Office cartographer.

    All our guests are NON-SMOKERS, all have their own transport and all provide their own food and cook their meals. This is very popular with our guests. Sometimes we get together for a shared meal cooked by Graham. Sometimes a guest will cook in our own kitchen for all of us.

    Noelle and Graham are sixth generation New Zealanders. Graham writes and publishes non-fiction books. He sometimes likes to go beach fishing at a remote, east coast surf beach in the Far North or at the 90 Mile Beach (see photo)

    We are retired, relaxed and just appreciate some help when it is offered.

    Also - Graham says "if you are a pianist you are welcome to play my Atlas piano which has recently been tuned : it is fantastic!"

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The practice of English language is No 1 on the list. But our lifestyle is one of living in a beautiful rural area where peace and tranquillity reign supreme. This really is a lovely place and the house and the helpers unit are modern and comfortable. The unit (also called a 'flat' or 'small apartment') is suited to one person or two. Noelle and Graham do not smoke and nor do our guests.

  • Help


    We have two olive groves of 140 trees which need occasional pruning of branches. We have four landscaped large ponds which need to be kept neat and tidy for our two white swans and ducks and other birds. We have 400m of driveway and sometimes the edges need to be trimmed with a small machine. A small vegetable garden and an orchard are close to the house. There is sometimes work to do there. Graham mows his 2.2 hectares of lawns every week, using a big machine which he will not ask helpers to use. But he cannot use a weed eater (line trimmer) or a polesaw chainsaw because he broke his back and is now not strong enough.

    Noelle would like the windows in the house cleaned from time to time ( about every 3 months) using a K'Archer electric window vacuum. Some help with housekeeping might be nice. Some guests like to cook a shared meal in our big, all electric kitchen and that has been a lot of fun but it is not expected of guests.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English. Graham was proficient in French about 60 years ago!

  • Accommodation


    As described in our description: a modern unit, all electric kitchen with cooktop and microwave, fridge. Share our laundry and our freezer space if needed, you are welcome. But note that you will cook your own meals. In return we ask for only approx. 3 hours help per day (not 5) and on some days, no work at all if you wish to go exploring Northland for the day. We are retired, relaxed and just appreciate some help when it is offered.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As described in our "description" we are an excellent base for exploring Northland and a delightful home to return to at the end of the day. Even if you go north for a few days camping, you can return home to us and tell us all about your trip! We will keep your unit available and you can continue your stay.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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