Help us look after our few acres of garden and native forest in Maharangi harbour, Auckland, New Zealand


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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    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).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can share knowledge of the area and nz generally; Maori pronunciation and help with english language; Information re organic gardening methods.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Maori: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hrs a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 114656439386