Want to learn about perma-culture, living sustainably, building with recycled materials and eat good food at the sunny side of the harbour of post earthquake Christchurch? Settled in sunny Diamond Harbour you 'll find this cosy gardener's cottage which used to be part of the larger Estate. The grounds have been reclaimed from overgrown native bush and wild plums. Your assistance is invited to transform this land into a semi rural organic haven. PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR BEFORE YOU MESSAGE US. In your message PLEASE CONFIRM you are a NON Smoker and are happy to volunteer 5 Hours a day. We provide you with a comfortable bed, 3 healthy meals a day, a hot shower and internet access.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We aim to teach you about the particular way we develop our garden according to perma-culture principles, so if you are interested in living sustainably, come and check us out. We are developing our thoughts and actions on zero waste and are always open to new ideas how to reuse, up-cycle and do with less.
At the Cottage we have a piano and ukulele for muso's, lots of books in English and Dutch, comics, board games. We aim to show you some of the sights if you do not have your own transport. This will depend on the season, how busy we are and the length of your stay. There are many walks and a good tramp up mount Herbert on our doorstep, the cafe's are close and we now also have a little supermarket. The Saturday farmers market and the Harbour Coop are just a ferry ride away and the bus takes you into bustling Christchurch with the transitional Cathedral, Art Gallery, Gap Filler, Community Gardens, Regenerate, Otakaro Project, Libraries, Markets, Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens with the Curator's Garden, to name but a few of the numerous attractions.
At this moment we are building with recycled materials, tasks would include sanding, cleaning materials, fitting insulation, painting, putting in skirting,finishing off windows etc.etc. We have a perma-culture garden which needs maintenance and development. Tasks include gathering seaweed, weeding, planting, mulching, building beds, making liquid manure, digging trenches, worm farming, composting, pruning, There are also housekeeping jobs like vacuum cleaning, window washing that occasionally need doing. There are maintenance and upkeep jobs going on in the house and there is quite a lot of painting to be done, inside and outside. If you are experienced and handy with a hammer, or know about water systems, we especially invite your input at this time.
English, Dutch, Little French, German, Achterhooks.
You will be staying in the Gardener's Cottage which has comfortable beds and electric blankets or hot water bottles for those cold nights. We provide 3 meals a day and are happy to cook for any diet including GF, DF, vegan. We offer one hot shower a day and internet access for emails. We cook mainly with vegetables from our garden.
Diamond Harbour is a small village on Banks Peninsula, 30kms from Christchurch at the sunny side of the harbour. It can be reached by bus (there is a direct service from the airport) and ferry or by car. At the cottage there are several vegetable patches, fruit trees, chickens, a cottage garden, a glasshouse and a little artichoke grove. It's quiet and peaceful here and your entertainment would include walking, running, biking, swimming, reading, using internet at the library, meeting the locals, attending a (yoga)class, having a drink at the cafe, fishing off the jetty, climbing Mount Herbert, exploring Orton Bradley Park with its high ropes course, Victorian Cafe and many walks to Rock, Waterfall and Mount Bradley and Herbert. We are only a 7 minute ferryride away from Lyttelton, the port, with its cafes and shops and Farmers Market on Saturdays, then a bus ride to the centre of Christchurch with it huge array of attractions, from the Cardboard Cathedral to the Museum, from the Art Gallery to the Botanic Gardens, all its Community Gardens, the inviting Public Libraries and the library fridges on the way. In between the leftover rubble of the earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks you'll find some real gems of community resilience.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day - 5 days a week