Need a bit of a helping hand around the garden and the farm in the beautiful North Canterbury hills, New Zealand


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    Hi, we are Lyn and Ben, a personal trainer and a sheep farmer living in the beautiful North Canterbury hills. Our kids have all finally flown the nest and we are in need of a bit of a hand around the garden and the farm.

    We have plenty of animals around: horses, lots of dogs, cattle, thousands of sheep and a fat cat. We love walking around the hills, getting out on our bikes and skiing in the mountains.

    We have done a lot of overseas travel ourselves. When we travel we love getting out in the countryside, experiencing how the locals live. We are looking to host travellers who are keen to experience NZ farm life, spend some time off the tourist trail, and get their hands a bit dirty!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will experience a true-blue, kiwi, rural lifestyle in a postcard-perfect North Canterbury setting. You will have the opportunity to learn about sheep and beef farming in NZ and to experience some of the work involved in running a hill country farm.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We have seasonal tasks around the garden and farm that will vary from month to month. These may include helping with firewood, gardening, tailing lambs and general farmwork and odd jobs. The majority of help will be outside and best suited to people with reasonable fitness (or those keen to get fit!).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accomodation will be in a spacious sleep-out near the main house. There are seperate guest bathroom facilities inside the house and you are welcome to make use of our large kitchen. We have an overflowing vege garden that inspires our home cooked meals. We will provide dinners for you and some basic help-yourself breakfast fare for the mornings.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are shuttle buses running from Christchurch, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs to nearby areas where we can come and pick you up from.

    There are lots of activities like cycling, skiing and fishing in the area. We are an hour from the east coast and 90 minutes from Christchurch so are pretty handy to a great range of NZ landscapes and experiences.

  • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 116691549332