My husband and I are managing a 300 cow dairy farm just 13 mins from Westport on the South Island!
We are only an 8 min drive to the Cape Foulwind lighthouse where you have panoramic views, walks, fur seal colony and amazing sunsets.
We emigrated from South Africa nearly 20 years ago to make a new life for ourselves in New Zealand and could not be any happier! We have always had a special love for the outdoors and animals, so it made perfect sense to become farmers where we can enjoy the land, sun (and rain) and gorgeous scenery. We have a talking Galah Parrot, 1 cat and a friendly, rambunctious working dog (Australian Cattle Dog).
Please read our profile carefully before you commit due to the location of our farm being out of town in a rural community with NO public transport! It would be advisable to have your own car if you prefer to have your independence to explore the area in more detail.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Good Kiwi hospitality! You will be treated like family with spare time off to explore the most beautiful parts of NZ.
As an added bonus, Richard, is not only a dairy farmer but a qualified diesel mechanic who has on the last few occasions assisted traveler's with the purchases of their vehicles (station wagons). This has prevented them from being ripped off by shady car sales people, and allowed them to continue on with their travels having a good peace of mind!
Apart from ourselves, we would love for you to experience true Kiwi hospitality and see how we farm on the other side of the world.
Tasks shared, may include a little housekeeping/cooking/gardening and farm work. This may include tidying up of sheds, feeding calves, weed spraying, cleaning some parts of the dairy or assisting with repairs to fences. Milk harvesting will be part of your experience, depending on time and how many people we host at once.
This would definitely suit a traveler/backpacker who is looking for a bit of adventure with a taste for some Kiwi hospitality. You must be honest and be able to communicate! No experience needed, however, you should at least have a good sense of humor! Our biggest expectation from guests would be to respect our home, and animals as they are part of our family, but we also want you to feel comfortable and enjoy your stay!
Our 3 bedroom home is small but it is our castle! A log fire going through winter is our main source of heat. Large sundeck with panoramic views over the farm with lush green paddocks.
There is free use of our internet for Facebook, Whatsap, doing general travel searches, and bookings but due to limited Data per month we DO NOT allow any Movies ie NetFlix etc.
We do not supply alcohol or cold beverages apart from the normal tea, coffee, Milo and of course milk
You will need to organize your own transport for days off and sightseeing etc Applicants must be drug free, clean and tidy.
We can arrange to have you picked up from the closest bus stop. There is a bus called the "Intercity" which can be caught from Nelson straight to the Westport, Caltex Garage and costs between $25 - $65 depending on specials at the time. Bookings are cheaper made on-line. We are able to pick you up directly from there and bring you back to the farm 13 mins away by car.
NB: You must provide us with a copy of your HOLIDAY WORKING VISA prior to your arrival as this is a requirement by New Zealand Immigration Law and there will be no exceptions. You are NOT ALLOWED to work or do any volunteer work on just a holiday visa, so please make sure you have the correct visas before you make accommodation arrangements. There are some countries that are not listed on the NZ Immigration website as been allowed to obtain these visas so please check with immigration NZ.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week