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We are an New Zealand/Irish family with a passion for the outdoors and a desire to live as close to nature as possible. Andy is a builder and Deborah runs a stargazing tour company. In our spare time we fish, dive, surf, garden or play on the beach with our son.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
We welcome you to be part of our family, learn from us, be part of our off-the-grid lifestyle and contribute your energy, skills and passions to our fun and busy days. You could learn how to make your own yogurt, muesli and sourdough bread too.
We would love your help! Your main task will be creating adventures with our easy going, outdoor loving 3 year old son. Other tasks will be assisting us with maintaining the garden, cutting the lawns, cleaning and help around the house.
You will have your own room with a comfortable king sized bed in our newly renovated house.
Your meals are included. Usually, you will prepare your own breakfast of Deb's homemade muesli and yogurt, and lunch based around home baked sourdough bread. Deb will cook everyone’s dinner most nights. Many of your dinners will include freshly caught fish, locally sourced meat and vegetables from the garden. If you love to cook please say. The cook always enjoys a break!
Fruit can be expensive here. If you like to munch on fruit, or other snacks, we ask that you provide these yourself. There are a couple of small shops on the island (several kilometres away from the house) or you could bring some fresh fruit with you.
We have 2 kayaks, 2 basic mountain bikes, boogie boards and a beginner surf board that you are welcome to use. We live 1km from a stunning, white sand surf beach that our friends and helpers love to hang out on. And there are many beautiful hikes all over Great Barrier Island, from 30 minutes to 3 days.
There is no public transportation on the island. There is a shuttle that can be booked to help you get to/from the ferry or a hike. Or hitchhiking is common and safe on our friendly island.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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