After 24 years away on international adventures Alistair has returned home to New Zealand, and bought the family with him! Alistair met his American wife, Karin, in Bolivia where they lived together for 20 years, and their two sons, Connor and Kael, were born and grew up. Both Alistair and Karin are international travelers who thrive on good conversation, fun, laughter, music and adventure travel. As your hosts we hope to provide you with a great opportunity to learn about New Zealand, practice your English and get involved in a variety of projects that play to your strengths. Along the way, you can tell us about your country, your travels, and your life. Having been backpackers and travelers throughout the world ourselves we are also keen to "pay it forward" and offer the kind of experience to our helpers that we hope one day our children can have when they travel the world. We have a 10-acre lifestyle block with plenty of native bush and many incredible native birds -- our projects are aimed at improving the property and eventually making it more sustainable. Please note we are a scenic 15 minute drive from the centre of Nelson city and are only suitable if you have your own vehicle to take advantage of your time off. Please confirm in your message to us that you have a vehicle.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are an international family that has traveled and lived around the world. We believe strongly in sharing our cultures with others, and providing the kinds of experiences we hope our kids will have when they travel the world. We have many stories to tell about our adventures around the world and understand the life of international travelers. Karin is very knowledgeable about the English language and can assist with those keen to refine their grammar and verbal skills. Alistair is a serial entrepreneur and mountain biker who can provide many insights into lifestyle businesses, as well as adventure travel in New Zealand.
We have a number of ongoing projects around the property, including gardening, landscaping, building and improving our mountain bike and jump track, eliminating old man's beard and gorse, some house cleaning, weeding, cutting fire wood, and other non-technical chores. We are also keen on musicians playing music with our kids and artists doing art projects with them.
English, Spanish, French
We provide space in our modern separate guest house, with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, deck, swimming pool, wifi internet, and parking. Our location is a 15-minute drive from the town of Nelson, so you will definitely need your own vehicle. We provide dinner with the family (unless we are unavailable, in which case we will provide ingredients for you to prepare a meal), plus we provide ingredients for you to make breakfast and lunch on your own schedule.
Nelson is a beautiful town with some of the best weather in all of New Zealand. The Top of the South region is home to many scenic spots to visit. We are very flexible about work hours so you can take advantage of good weather to make the most of the region. We can provide plenty of advice about what to do and see in the vicinity. Mountain bikers will find that Nelson is one of the world's best mountain biking destinations and we can provide intimate details on the great trails to ride here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week.