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Hi workawayers, we are looking forward to hosting again now that the NZ borders have re-opened :)
*June update - Are you our workaway lifesaver(s)? Due to a last-minute cancellation, we have space for either a single or couple of workawayers for 1-2 weeks any time between now to 13th July when our next workawayer arrives. (Usually we are booked out 4-6 months in advance.) Our garden is getting very overgrown and we need to plan the spring planting. We would also love help with the housework and with some maintenance tasks, including painting, gardening, and small repairs. Please get in touch if the dates work for you and you think you have suitable skills!
About us: We are a writer and architect with a girl of 10 and boy of 6, who live in a wonderful old house overlooking the sea on Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. We have a friendly dog, a cuddly cat and some free-range chickens, + lots of native wildlife inhabiting our garden.
We are extremely well-travelled (50 countries) and are looking forward to travelling again in the future! We welcome people of all cultures and outlooks, and workawayers from any country, culture or religion are welcome to enquire about staying with us.
8 years ago we moved here from Auckland city to enjoy a more fulfilling way of life, and be as sustainable as possible. In the process, we became mostly vegetarian (and sometimes vegan). We grow some of our own vegetables and fruit but we don't grow as much as we'd like, so your help is appreciated with that.
We are slowly renovating our 100-year-old house and have a big garden so there is usually a project of some kind underway.
In general we are looking for either 1 or 2 workawayers to help with a big variety of work such as cleaning/housework, gardening, childcare, painting and possibly building work depending on your skills. People with building/carpentry/plumbing/ roofing and gardening/landscape experience (especially those who can use machinery such as mowers and weed trimmers) are extra welcome. However, attitude is more important overall than experience, so if you are happy to try all sorts of things, you should fit in well with us.
Workawayers usually stay between 1-8 weeks with us, depending on their skills and the time of year. (Shorter stays in summer, longer in winter. In winter we prefer at least a 2-week stay.)
Waiheke is a beautiful island with lots of wineries, green spaces, bushwalks and wonderful beaches. Dolphins and orca (killer whales) are sometimes seen around the island (in winter especially) and we have lots of native birds. There is a friendly local community and lots of places to do yoga - in fact Waiheke's main yoga centre is just 5 minutes walk from us :) with fantastic yoga and meditation classes available.
Our house is a historic old house with a close-up beautiful view over the water at Anzac Bay. We are close to a main bus route, so you can easily explore the island or get to the ferry to go into the city. You won't need a car to explore most of the island. We also have kayaks you can take out on days when the weather is good!
Your room will be a separate garden studio (with comfy queen size bed) - so you won't be woken by children in the mornings on your days off!
All meals are included in your stay.
Dinner is eaten together, while breakfast and lunch is on a 'help yourself to items provided' basis.
No smokers please. We eat mostly vegetarian and sometimes vegan food for ethical and environmental reasons, with the very occasional bit of fish or other meat (around once every 2-4 weeks). If you are vegetarian we will eat fully vegetarian food while you are here; if you are vegan we will eat a mixture of vegan and vegetarian food - you might need to make your own vegan option on occasion. (We usually use plant-based milks and yoghurt anyway but sometimes use parmesan in Italian cooking and also sometimes use eggs - however, we do not buy commercial eggs but only use eggs from our own happy very free-range hens.)
We are flexible about workawayer(s) also doing a little part-time paid work in the time you are not helping us, because there is A LOT of casual work available on Waiheke. (Hospitality (cafe/restaurant/barista), vineyard work, gardening, retail, babysitting,cleaning, building.) We can also support you to find a job.
We hope to hear from you soon :)
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You will experience everyday life in a New Zealand family in a non-city environment, practise your English (if you are a non-native speaker), and learn about a variety of things, such as sustainability, gardening and cooking. Note that we are actively working to reduce our carbon footprint and prefer workawayers who are interested and motivated to be sustainable as possible.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
For single workawayers, a lot of the help will be gardening and cleaning help, with some childcare, cooking, animal care, and general help around the house. If you are a couple, additional chores will include more gardening, painting, and possibly building, depending on your skills.
Your room will be a private, comfortable guest studio in the garden (so you can sleep in on your days off without noise from the kids :-)
Workawayers staying with us will get lots of English language experience - especially from our chatty kids, and I have also worked as an English language tutor so can offer you help too. You can also learn about organic gardening, sustainability and cooking.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Happy to have digital nomads stay and help, in between doing their work.
This host can provide space for campervans.
up to 5 hours per day, five days a week, but will often be less - especially if you are working in the summer heat.
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