Looking for Workawayers to help us tidy the grounds of a neglected farmhouse in Wellington, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    HI there, My husband and I are in need of some motivated people to help us tidy the grounds of a neglected farmhouse. This will mainly involve gardening, and perhaps some painting. We live in a rural area so it is important for people to have their own vehicle.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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 are a working dairy farm with 800 cows which may be of interest, and our area is also home to some of the worlds best wines. We are just over an hour from Wellington and there is a train service which is handy if you can't drive. There are 3 towns from 10 to 20 minutes from our home which have great cafes and lots of things to do and we have push bikes and horses for those that are competent riders. We have lots of young people in the district and we are used to hosting family and friends from overseas.

  • Help


    Some of the gardening will be pruning small hedges, and weeding. There may be some mulching involved which would be filling wheelbarrows with mulch and spreading it around plants. We would also like to do some exterior painting on the house. The hours would be from approx 8 til 12, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, but will be unpaid in exchange for food and accommodation. The hours are very flexible so it is important that you have your own transport to look around at our beautiful scenery and walks

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Our house is a large old homestead with a lovely swimming pool and 6 bedrooms, all with double or queen sized beds.There are 3 bathrooms. Food will be available - dinner is always shared but our breakfast and lunches are often fend for yourself affairs. If anyone has a particular dietary requirement then they will have to sort that themselves. There are 2 living areas.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are close to a river which is great for kayaking (we have 2 kayaks and a canoe) and are also close to good fishing spots. There are some lovely beaches to visit and the area has a lot of bush walking tracks. There is a replica stonehenge which is very interesting, and lots of wine trails.

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    8-12 (max 25 hours a week)

Host ref number: 212831561576

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