Help us on our property in the beautiful Maraetotara Valley, New Zealand


New Zealand

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    We are a family of four with 20 acres situated in the beautiful Maraetotara Valley. Our 2 children are aged 17 and 8, both boys. We have a dog Teddy. We also have chickens, a Rooster, Scottish Highland steers, cattle and ducks. We have a small functioning vege garden. We live 30 minutes to the closest city, Hastings, 20 minutes to our closest village, Havelock North, 10 minutes to our closest beach and shop, Waimarama Beach and Ocean Beach and bush walks. There is NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT to or from our property. However, we are happy to pick you up from the bus stop in Hastings or Napier or the Napier Airport.
    We live on an elevated site overlooking the valley out to the ocean. We have lived here for 11 years.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • 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

    I am Māori and my husband is Cornish. Together we make a great team. We are both generous hosts and very hospitable. I am eager to incorporate my culture to those who are interested and also introduce our cultural cuisine, which, depending on the season, could include a traditional Māori hangi, if you are keen to help. Oh and my husband cooks the yummiest Yorkshire puddings.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    On going maintenance, painting, water blasting, gardening, feeding animals, small building projects, light household duties.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a self contained flat available that can easily accommodate up to four people. We also have a two bedroom self contained cottage.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is plenty to do in beautiful Hawkes Bay. What ever you enjoy doing, I am sure you will find here, what ever the season. We are happy to pick you up or drop you off from our closest bus depot, Hastings or airport, Napier. We will also be happy to show you the local sights when we are not working. There is no public transport to or from our property.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 128518531833