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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.
Our home is 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 landcare group to protect our forest and native birds by trapping predators and eradicating invasive plants to make room for native bush. We have no TV and limited WIFI. There is a river to swim in and nature to explore. We have a piano, a guitar, and drums. We like music, singing, nature, films, literature and art.
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
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We can help you with your language study and playing music
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.
English, German, French
A bedroom in our house
Happy to host a family with children!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4 - 5 hours per day- max 25 hours/week
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