Enjoy being part of an Historic Family farming operation practicing ethical eco sustainable methods for over 30 years, some tourism and a unique story of rare breeds, a passion for this beautiful piece of remote NZ land and living in harmony with nature for future generations. The family has traveled extensively over the years an appreciates what we have, so enjoys sharing its philosophy, ideas and special rural block with like minded people from around the globe.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Enjoy the company of like minded people, having access to a stunning piece of NZ with wonderful vistas, bush, rivers, lakes and mountains, only 6 kl from the East Coast. Learn how farming can work with diversification and land use to the benefit of all and future generations. Learn how Honey, wool, cattle, alpacas, goats, horticulture and tourism can work with sustainable/ethical practices and caring animal husbandry to develop a future for the farm, the owners and their family. A chance to be part of the development of an iconic 3,000 acre NZ Farming Station, learn about the NZ bush wildlife, rivers and lake habitats, the way we farm and the people who live there. The farm was developed in the 1860's, so has an interesting history of the earlier NZ settlers from Europe and how they developed and cared for the land.
Helping owners and owners son with general farm tasks, ranging from repairs and maintenance, yard and fence work, animal care, painting, weed control, feeding out, cutting firewood, visitor cottage/ cleaning, sharing cooking/food preperation, developing walking tracks, gardening , development an helping establishing new gardens, nursery and small horticultural activities, including protecting waterways, bush areas . Any or all of these would be helpful skills during your stay, it a beautiful place to work and play. We are looking for people who wish to stay for longer periods to complete some tasks/projects on this beautiful, yet isolated special piece of NZ paradise, rivers and bush, 50 klm from the nearest town on the North Island East Coast. Isolated with bush, wildlife and friendly animals, most people want to stay for longer in this beautiful part of the country.
English with a little bit of French.
Warm, Sunny 4 bedroom house, with own garden, is available to share with the owners son (and his two young children sometimes as the children are not always there) . House has a Log fire, carpet, lovely outlook, dry and cosy with shared shower, bath and toilet. Phone and electricity. Very limited satelite Internet access only. 50 klm from town for free wifi etc, shopping and other attractions ( but small beach store 20 minutes drive, Vineyard 45 min drive, with other scenic attractions also within 3/4 to 1 hours drive. No public transport, so your own vehicle would be required. Food, accommodation and power in exchange for 5 hours work daily, 5 days (around 25 hours per week) Internet and toll calls would be extra. No cell phone coverage at house. But some coverage at top of hills, so a good walk.
As mentioned, there are many local places of interest to visit within 1/2 to 1 hour, beautiful beaches, local towns, vineyards, rock formations, beach fishing, surfing, diving etc. However there is also lots to do exploring this wonderful piece of NZ farmland, walks and tramps, rivers, lakes, bush retirements, a wide variety of wildlife which we protect and nurture, interesting geology, friendly animals, swimming holes , superb unpolluted night skies and much more to seek out and explore in your free time. Its a peaceful place to take stock of the world and have time to think and appreciate nature and all it has to offer.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week