Help in my garden and learn about cheese in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand


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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    I am a busy food writer and tour guide who has travelled extensively and lived until 2016 in Oxfordshire. I have a spacious home just outside Havelock North with a large garden and pool above the beautiful Black Barn vineyard. I have a passion for food and wine and walking my friendly Jack Russell who loves walks, people and rabbits.

    Hawke's Bay is known for its great wine, food and sunny, warm climate for most of the year with a wild, rugged coast line. I have a large spare bedrooms with private bathroom and balcony and I enjoy cooking for guests.

    The garden needs maintenance, weeding and trimming by someone with some knowledge of pruning [ideally olive trees and hedges] and planting. Plus I have some odd jobs around the house which needs someone with some experience of joinery or building. And there is always something needs doing around the house from cleaning, ironing to helping me with Social Media, cooking for clients or preparing for Cheese & Wine Cklasses.

    So it would suit a young couple travelling around N Z [ideally with transport as it is a 25 minute walk into town] looking for a short stay [3 - 5 days] to discover our beautiful region.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    My expertise is in cheese and i would enjoy sharing my knowledge with you and learning about what you enjoy cooking and where you come from.

  • Help


    I am looking for people to help
    in the garden weeding, replanting, pruning and trimming the hedges
    with odd "handman" skills - putting up shelves, building simple cupboards etc
    around the house and with my IT and Social media

    I work so ideally it would suit a couple or someone happy to be on their own
    I am prepared to provide 3 meals a day but you must supply your own snacks and wine
    Would not suit people who are too fussy about food
    I would ask for 4 - 5 hours per day of work.
    I would prefer people with housekeeping experience.
    Please do not come if you don't like dogs or are unwell in anyway as I have a low immune system
    It is usually lovely and hot and sunny but just in case you must have suitable wet weather clothing and footwear.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    I have a large, elegant, spare room with living space, TV, private bathroom and balcony but the kitchen is shared.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is free WiFi, lovely walks and beaches and wineries to visit but you need your own transport

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • 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: 137315582337