Organic gardening, fruit trees and looking after native bush, birds, insects, in subtropical Northland, New Zealand


New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    Kia ora!
    My whare/home is in the middle of beautiful Honeymoon Valley, surrounded by native bush, birds and organic gardens. We built this earth house using local clay for mudbricks and roof gardens.

    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. My home is 20 min drive from Taipa Beach, Doubtless Bay, 330 km North of Auckland.

    I am part of the Honeymoon Valley landcare group. We protect native forest, birds, lizards and insects by trapping predators and eradicating invasive weeds.

    You can help with landscaping (mowing, brush-cutting, earth work), chopping firewood, making compost, gardening, renovating (fixing things, basic carpentry, painting), sewing, cleaning, general maintenance. I have chickens; I bake bread; I home-brew beer. I make my own organic apple cider vinegar, preserve fruit, collect seeds, make Sauerkraut, and the freezer is filled with wild meat.

    My home suits independent helpers who have some work/life experience. I have a day job at our local school. Afternoons and weekends we will spend time together. You can go sightseeing any day during the week.

    You exchange 4-5 hours of your time per day for full accommodation and meals (breakfast, sandwich lunch, cooked dinner). If you need special diet or extra food (gluten free, allergies, etc.) please bring this with you.

    You can swim in our river (Oruru River), enjoy bush and bird live. If you can play an instrument: there is a piano, guitars, ukuleles, and drums. I love music: listening, singing, dancing; I love nature, films, literature and art.

    Families with children are welcome; I have plenty of toys from my own children/grandchildren (they do not live here)
    nga mihi nui

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    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

    We can help you with your language study and playing music

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    gardeners, landscaping, carpenters, painters... restoring windows....

    I 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.

    I 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 activities 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

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Maori: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    A bedroom in our house

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    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

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

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  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    Hours expected

    4 - 5 hours per day/ 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 188351881472