Experience a Kiwi way with Horticulture, and garden maintenance in a rural environment in Christchurch, New Zealand


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  • Description


    We are a family of 8 this is.... a Mother and a Father and 3 adult children (2 sons and 1 daughter). Our eldest son has 3 children and we are supportive to him when he has the children with assisting within his home.

    We enjoy a rural lifestyle, we don't travel into town often apart from work purposes when required. We have a large Vegetable Garden and enjoy the bounty from this.

    We are not large meat eaters! But enjoy meals such as pizza, pasta meat bake, stuffed potatoes and meatloaf. We have mainly salads etc pretty fresh and simple summer meals.

    Cooking is second nature to us daily we make bread (bread maker) and we will do a sweet item here and there. For health reasons we don't have alot of sweet items. Our supermarket shopping is fortnightly and we buy in bulk where suitable. If you want hints and tips on "cost cutting" we have knowledge!

    We live a 35 minutes drive from the big city of Christchurch. The nearest bus is 15mins drive.

    We are a busy busy family. Our daughter is very committed to her ever growing business which requires more and more time. We know she is here to do things and will do things but the loading is getting bigger and she needs to grow her business within the Horticulture sector.

    Our eldest son is in business with us in the technology sector and our youngest in also involved in this.

    Over the last 2 years both Mother and Father have had knee replacement and this has put us behind a bit.

    We are the type of people who wear many hats all our children are full time students also studying in the adult years to extend their knowledge and gain paperwork to reflect the skills they have.

    Currently our Fur-babies are consisting of 3 Cats (1 semi-shy senior Siamese who rules the lounge and daughters office, 2 Tabbies of which 1 is shy),1 Dog, 1 vocal pet sheep, 1 Retired House Cow (Pet Cow), 9 chickens - these are able to be fussed and cared for during your visit as they allow.

    Note: we are strictly non-smoking environment.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    Within these tasks and the involvement within our family we believe we can offer you opportunities to learn and develop skills for life that are universal around the world.

    Our family has strong knowledge in Agriculture and Horticulture and are willing to give you hands on 1 on 1 experience and knowledge as a learning point sharing our “Kiwi” Ways throughout your stay.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We would love an extra pair of capable hands!

    We wish to provide you an experience and you will work alongside our Daughter or the Mother at times.

    We have a few projects we are keen to get a hand on. Some of these are:
    - painting a couple sheds - roller/bush work
    - installing micro-irrigation to our extensive vegetable and flower gardens.
    - installing some fencing posts - tree protection
    - building a small sheep yards. - pet sheep!
    - plus opportunities within the farm environment where required.

    Also never say no to someone who is keen to follow a recipe and cook a family meal that's on the menu or to do a little housework/outside tidy up (2 hrs a week max) tasks such as sorting craft containers to gain some order, folding and washing linen cupboard goods and organizing these types of cupboards.

    Also tasks can include:
    - Taking Cuttings and pruning plants
    - Bedding garden down for Winter
    - Making Compost Tea
    - Spreading Compost Tea
    - Rust proofing
    - Planting Vegetables
    - Sowing Seeds for Vegetables

    If you are keen to work in the outdoors are a self starter and enjoy making a difference it would be lovely to host you.

    On the farmland we will travel to other areas of the farm to...
    - Firewood - its been split and tossed but needs to be stacked for the Winter Season to minimize the space its taking up.
    - Summer catch up - Collecting Pine Cones and other goods used for fire starting in Winter.

    Assistance with tasks where more than one person is ideal what we aim for or those tasks that someone with time and patience are key .

    Enjoying bird life and spot the native birds while we complete tasks or be surrounded by one of our friendly cats while outside!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We are able to provide accommodation separate but only 20m the Homestead. Included are a Bathroom (Shower, Toilet and Basin) and Kitchenette and lounge and Bedroom - 2 single beds.

    We ask you to join us for Lunch and Evening meals in the Homestead Kitchen and Breakfast facilities and supplies are available within Accommodation for your ease of starting the day at your pace.
    Assistance normally is needed from about 9am but a bit of flexibility is present based around weather hotter days we start at 8 to beat the heat!

    Accommodation and farm is Smoke Free sorry (due to fire risk and items stored on farm) . Plenty of Fresh Bread and baking is supplied for those hungry moments although everyone has advised us we feed them very well to date!

    Self contained accommodation you are welcome to stay up as long as you like!

    WiFi access within your lounge and accommodation area!

    We have 2 bikes for you to use while you stay with us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your free time we have Wi-Fi internet available onsite and also we host an access point (main starting point) only 900m for the Little River Rail Trail.

  • 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

    6 hrs week days weekends free for own time, max 5 days a week

Host ref number: 166648794488