Join our family in rural Nuhaka, New Zealand


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  • Description


    Kia ora - my husband and I are looking for some help just around the house, with the 2 kids and our ‘zoo’.

    My name is Jessie and my husband is Jared ~ we have 2 boys. Kyson is 5 years old and has just started school, Cooper is 2 years of age and attends daycare on the days I work.

    We currently have 6 working dogs, 10 chickens, 3 pigs, 1 cat, 1 pet dog and a few thousand sheep/cattle.

    We are based in a small rural town called Nuhaka ~ 30 minutes from the beautiful Mahia beach, 45 minutes from Wairoa, 1 hour from Gisborne and 2 hours from Napier.

    We have never done this before but my sister has, just putting it out there to see if there is anyone suitable to help with the kids, do a bit of gardening, house cleaning and/or feeding the pets daily ~ in exchange for housing and food 😊.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live rurally enough to be able to hunt for deer/gots when needed, the beautiful Mahia beach is 30minutes away where we spend most summer weekends and the big cities of Gisborne and Napier are not too far to enjoy a weekend or day away.

    Your own transport is a must 🚗

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Anything from cooking, baking, cleaning, gardening, babysitting, feeding the animals - even help us build our kids playground which has been put off for months 😂

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have 2 options depending on who comes to join us and for how long. In our big 4 bedroom house there is a spare room with a comfy queen bed with feather pillows 🤤. Two paddocks over we have the fully contained quarters.

    Breakfast: We will provide ~ coffee, tea, milo, cereal, milk, bread, spreads and eggs for you to help yourself whenever.

    Lunch: We will provide ~ bread, spreads, eggs, noodles ~ basically anything lunchy for you to help yourself (especially on days I am at work).

    Dinner: I cook dinner every night with a variety of meals such as ~ home made burgers, home made pizzas, thai green currys, Venison stir fry, hot dogs, creamy chicken pasta, fried rice, pulled pork, all roasts.

    I often bake a few nights a week which includes: lemon mirangue pie, white choc cheese cake, brownies, self saucing pudding, caramilk slices, lemon blondies, lolly cake ect.

    SUNDAYS is pancake day ~ ever sunday we have pancakes 🤗.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As stated above there are the locations of Mahia, Napier, Gisborne, Wairoa ect. You will need your own transport.

    The caves are 5minutes down the road from us, hot pools are 15minutes down the road, Mahia beach ect.

  • 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: 156972432371