Honeymoon Valley: Landscaping, gardening, wood and bamboo work and more in Northland, New Zealand


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  • Description


    Kia ora and hello!
    Our beautiful home is in the middle of Honeymoon Valley, surrounded by native bush - remote and relaxingly quiet!
    We built this house with mud-bricks from local clay and we created roof gardens.

    We are situated 20 min drive from Taipa, Doubtless Bay, 330 km North of Auckland. The subtropical Far North of NZ is the 'birthplace' of New Zealand/Aotearoa, as we know it today and has significant historic sights and stories.

    We are part of a land-care group to protect native forest and birds by trapping predators and eradicating invasive plants to make room for endemic fauna and flora. There is a river to swim in and nature to explore. We have a piano, guitars, ukuleles, and drums. We like music, singing, nature, films, literature and art. Limited WIFI available.

    We need help with chopping fire wood, gardening, orchard work, renovating (fixing wood work, painting), sewing, cleaning, maintenance, collecting seeds, chickens, cleaning. We make home-brew beer, bake bread, and when in season - make vinegar and conserve fruit.

    As exchange for your help 4-5 hours per day, you get full accommodation - own room - breakfast, sandwich lunch, cooked dinner, mostly organic, whenever possible with veggies & fruits fresh from my garden. If you need extra snack food or you prefer a special diet (e.g. gluten free, allergies) please bring this with you. On days you take off and go sightseeing you provide your own food.

    Families with children are welcome, I have plenty of toys from my grandchildren, we will talk on the phone for details.
    Cheers Gerlinde and Christoph

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project

  • 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

    We can help you with your language study and playing music

  • Help


    gardeners, land scaping, carpenters, painters... restoring windows....

    We need helpers who enjoy landscaping, gardening, renovating, sewing, or general maintenance, or have experience with joinery/building. We have a workshop equipped with basic tools and I collected recycled pieces of wood, bamboo etc. for creative wood work..... making book shelves, fixing old furniture.

    We prefer people who have work and life experience, and who are happy to sometimes being home alone when we are away at our day jobs. Usually our helpers arrive on a Friday so we can get to know each other and work together over the weekend.

    Common activites are mowing, composting, chickens, chopping firewood, sewing, preserving, making vinegar and beer, baking bread, propagating, seed collecting.... I use a basic mix of permaculture & bio-dynamic principles with most of my projects.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, French

  • Accommodation


    A bedroom in our house

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Happy to host a family with children!

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    4 - 5 hours per day

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