Come to Reporoa, (between Rotorua and Taupo) and help Andrew and I, and our four (+) rescued greyhounds bring this mini lifestyle block from a neglected mess up to a little piece of eco paradise... we almost need to start from scratch... big plans and dreams but we have amazing vision for this lovely place..
We're also involved in greyhound rescue charity.. our helpers would need to be animal lovers..!
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Betreuung von Tieren
Hilfe bei Kunstprojekten
Hilfe mit Computer / Internet
I hope our journey/offer doesn't seem too daunting! It's not really!
We are happy to have international travelers workaway with us, and share experiences/language.. We are both pretty colourful people, not really very conventional when it comes to most things so coming to help us will hopefully be a happy and interesting experience all round. A sense of humour would be appreciated when you stay with us.. it can be a fun with all these dogs..! :) You really must love dogs to stay with us..!!
I have traveled fairly extensively in the past, and Andrew has traveled a bit. We're happy to share language skills, work skills, experiences. If there are any aspects of our lives that are of particular interest to our helpers, we are certainly willing to share and teach.
We are/have been avid motorcycle riders.. Andrew is learning guitar, is a spray painter by trade and a keen novice gardener.
I am a clothing designer/creator, avid vintage linen collector and love all things old and shabby.. have been a shoe designer and picture framer and many other things in my past and have traveled a fair bit.
We are now deeply involved in greyhound rescue and welfare and do charity work with these dogs so this may be something of interest to learn about.
Help is needed with everything from gardening, weeding, <<< omg.. !! , planting, painting, building, mowing, general maintenance outside and in, to unpacking boxes, help with the dogs, cooking, cleaning inside and out, maybe windows etc.. mostly all those chores that need doing when you move to a new property...!
Our little one acre property is crying out to be loved and filled with awesomeness..! It was so run down, overgrown with weeds and empty of any goodness when we first arrived..
We have been here two years now... time certainly flies! We have started on our gardens, and have added lots of vege and fruit baring crops and trees, gardens.. still more to come but it's been a great start so far... our chicken empire is growning , so there is always work on chicken houses, pens and boxes so we can keep our hens as happy and as healthy as possible and as close to free range chickens as we can with greyhounds!
We still need to continue to build decks, sheds, fencing, hard and soft landscaping, and keep up with maintenance on everything... it's never ending, including compost bays, more gardens, paths, vege frames etc..... as eco, recycled and organic as we can... lots of fun creating projects as well.
On the property as well as the main house, is also a lovely large building that was previously run as a lively cafe that has a large commercial kitchen and a great fireplace..., we have turned this into my studio/workroom, and also where Andrew and I live with the greyhounds, and where we all have our main meals. It's also a place I have plans for art/craft/sewing and other tutored classes and a social gathering place, (so many plans!) .. I still have a lot of unpacking, designing, renovating and general 'from the ground up' sort of projects with this in mind, but good things take time right?!?
At the moment, the plan is to turn the original home into the guest house, for guests obviously, and it will also house our amazing workaway helpers/travelers and and any family that visit....! We will be renovating the house, hopefully this winter, which could be fun for indoor jobs when it's raining...
So there are plenty of projects to go around!
We are on a shoestring budget but we are not lacking in Kiwi ingenuity, effort, and get it done attitude.. if it can be done, we will find a way... :)
If you have ingenious ideas, know about building, or gardening or any of the things we will be doing, do speak up! We are always open to finding clever, better, interesting and of course, the right way, to achieve the things we need to do...
(Just by chance, if you happen to be a builder, plumber, or very handy tradesman, I love you already.. lol)
We're also involved in charity work for rescue dogs, so depending on where we are in the scheme of things, help with that could also be needed. Help with the actual greyhounds here is always needed..!!
If you are skilled in craft or sewing, this is what I do for a living, so once my lovely workroom is sorted there could be an avenue for this sort of help too! If you come to stay with us, it will never be boring!!
In return for 5 hours per day (negotiable) 5 out of 7days, you will get a warm, comfy bed to stay in, in the Guest house, in your own private room if you are coming alone, or sharing if you are coming as a couple or friends... , and meals of course. (We usually all cook together as we think it's the social thing to do)... we are not gourmets but we don't starve.. you won't either.. promise.!
Your own car or vehicle would be preferable, but the Intercity bus stops right outside our property from either Taupo or Rotorua, or we could collect you from Rotorua as either Andrew or I go semi frequently to town. We are approximately 25-30mins from either Rotorua or Taupo.
We offer a private room in our Guest house which is the main house on our property.
There is a large kitchen, bathroom and lounge facilities to use, although, our guests will have most meals with us and of course will be welcome to socialise with us in the studio...
We have a queen bed available at the moment, and a set of bunks.. double on the bottom, single on the top.
Meals.. everything is negotiable, but we usually all cook together at dinner time because we think it's the social thing to do.
We will provide a cooked/main meal in the evening, breakfast and lunch food is available, sometimes made, sometimes help yourself. (To be decided depending on each stay).
*note that in NZ, we tend not to have large cooked meals at lunch time, our main large meal is dinner time, so we eat accordingly. Lunch is sandwich/salad or soup/bread or scones sometimes, depending on weather/season.
We've just moved in here from Rotorua two years ago this March, but are only half hour from both Rotorua and Taupo, both tourist/traveller hot spots.. so much to do in both places if you like the outdoors and/or adventure sports.. lakes, rivers, hiking, biking, forests and if you are a gourmet, there are plenty of restaurants too....
Nearby is Rainbow Mountain and Kerosene Creek, a natural running hot stream and the awesome Butcher's Pool, a natural thermal hot pool surrounded by farmland.. only a few kms from home.
There are also tourist attractions nearby like Wai-o-Tapu, The Māori Village, Waikite hot pools and lots of bike trails...
Of course Lake Taupo and the lakes of Rotorua are big attractions in themselves...
The Intercity bus stops right outside so it's really convenient to go North or South from our place if you plan ahead...
If you don't have a car, on your days off, it's possible to arrange to drop you in to town, but since we are so busy ourselves trying to get this place sorted we probably won't spend much time doing all that fun stuff you will be doing.. lol..
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