Kia ora and hello.
Welcome to our few acres in a small coastal community 50mins drive North of Auckland city.
Our names are Annie and Jackie and our home overlooks the Mahurangi harbour. This area is great for swimming, kayaking and coastal walks in the neighbouring regional park. I mostly work from home as an artist and care taker of our home and garden (and 3 hens). My partner Jackie works as a Doctor in the city. We have a new fully self-contained rammed earth guest house in the valley which would be your accommodation during your stay. It is private, eco friendly, set amongst trees and a couple of minutes walk from the beach . Our property is largely native bush with vegetable gardens and a developing orchard. We are Buddhist and our home is vegetarian but in the guest house you'll be providing your own food and a BBQ is available for cooking meat if that is your preference.
We have kayaks available if you're interested in exploring the harbour. Nearby (10-20mins drive) are vineyards, historic pubs, galleries, hot pools and cafes. You will need your own transport as there is none available in this area (though if you have carpentry or landscape gardening skills we could discuss arranging transport).
DIY and building projects
We can share knowledge of the area and nz generally; Maori pronunciation and help with english language; Information re organic gardening methods.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Our preference is for 2 workaways at a time, either partners or friends. We're especially looking for people with building &/or landscaping skills - people who are strong and fit to plant trees and remove invasive weeds or help with DIY projects like building garden steps. Our preference is for you to stay 5-7 days.
We have recently finished building a beautiful one bedroom self contained rammed earth cottage that will be available as your private guest house. It does not have internet but you are welcome to come to our main house at arranged times to use internet there.
The cottage will have a queen bed in the bedroom and a single bed in the living room. A bathroom with shower and bathtub. You will have your own kitchen and need to provide your own food, however the cottage will be supplied with basic staples. We hope you will join my partner and I for a meal on the day you arrive. In exchange for your accommodation each guest will be expected to work 4 hrs daily, 5 out of 7 days.
We live in a really beautiful part of the country which is only 50mins from downtown auckland. This area is rich with native flora and birdlife. Occasionally dolphins or orca come into the bay. If you enjoy nature this a peaceful and beautiful place to visit.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hrs a day, 5 days a week