Off-grid paradise being restored to a natural state in Motueka, New Zealand

  • New Zealand
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  • Last activity: 02/02/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    **FULLY BOOKED UNTIL MAY 10th 2023** (*unless you're ok with a beautiful tent site - tent + all furnishings provided, or sleep in your van)

    About us:
    Chilled couple with 2 awesome kids, 8 and 5, one friendly old Huntaway/Kelpie X dog.
    We're into levity: yoga, surfing, zumba, regenerating native forest, meditation, wild edibles, fitness, self-sufficiency, having fun, positive mindset etc.

    Best to have your own vehicle as there's no bus service, but not essential (we go into town daily). Can pick you up if needed.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
  • 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

    Fully off-grid living, self-sufficiency, wild edibles, growing native trees, tree release, setting and maintaining traplines, trapping invasive wild animals (the ones that eat the native birds or their eggs - we do not kill animals otherwise!)

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We're slowly turning 44 acres back to native forest, eradicating predators, bringing the birdsong back, opening up access paths and growing our own locally-sourced native trees.
    We've planted around 5,000+ native trees over the last 2 years in a large-scale, long-term and ongoing project.
    We're looking for chilled, positive, fit, conservation-minded people for up to 2 weeks for:
    Light track maintenance, felling small wilding pines, some gardening, some planting, checking traplines, watering baby trees in our small nursery, we have some art projects too.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    Ukrainian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Keen on brushing up French and German, but all people welcome here!

  • Accommodation


    Luxury powered tipi (November-May) with king-size double bed, or double bedroom in house (other times). Cook for yourself (with your own food) in our shared kitchen or try out our sun ovens.
    You'll have:
    - your own shower, loo and bathroom in the main house (a 50 metre walk away)
    - full use of shared kitchen with solar-powered induction cookers
    - a large chill-out zone in a converted barn with your own fridge and sofa
    - a converted writing shed next to the tipi with desk and table for writing that novel
    - a huge purpose-built elevated meditation platform for forest-bathing amongst old-growth native trees
    - full use of all gardens, orchards and walking tracks around the whole property (they will keep you fit!)
    - 2 x complementary kayaks, 1 x mountain bike yours to use anytime

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Sunny, elevated and spacious 44 acre section, fully off-grid paradise
    Eye-popping views over Motueka river and Tasman Bay, from The Marlborough Sounds to the Abel Tasman National Park
    (then turn around to see the peaks of the Nelson Lakes National Park too)
    12kms from central Motueka / 12kms from the golden beaches of Kaiteriteri / 16kms from Marahau
    Great mobile reception and fast internet
    Backs onto Kahurangi National Park - endless trails for walking/hiking/mountain biking right here
    Swim in the clean Motueka River just a few mins away
    Close to vineyards, skydiving, cycle trail, etc.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Digital nomads most welcome, happy for you to run your gig from here. After all, this is exactly what we do too. Strong internet here! We're v experienced in business startups and do global business every day from here.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You're most welcome to stay in your own camper van, we have lots of space - please note we have an epic driveway which is steep in places, but no problem for 2WD.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    No cats please. Well trained dogs welcome.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum only 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 216263854128

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