Experience life on a high country station in Canterbury, New Zealand


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    We are living and working on a high country station in Lees Valley, about 2 hours from Christchurch. A beautiful and unique place, with a lot of cattle, sheep and deer around! We have a 5 months old baby boy, Luis, and enjoy every aspect of living in this beautiful rural valley, surrounded by mountains and about 50 min away from the closest town called Oxford, where we do our weekly shopping. The both of us are originally from Germany but have been living in NZ for 3 years on and off and love the lifestyle that comes with living on a big farm. We have 2 dogs, chickens, a horse and a veggie garden, which keep us busy and happy. We are passionate about sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, a healthy lifestyle and animals. If we're not busy working in or around the house we enjoy a nice hike in the mountains, a trip to the beach, making music or simply spending time outside with our animals or friends. We love having new people around, get inspired by different cultures and share our passion for the farm-life and offer the opportunity to experience a great aspect of Kiwi life.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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

    You will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable farming, gardening, children, self-sufficiency and the kiwi/german farm culture.

  • Help


    You would be expected to help 4-5 hours per day. Daily help would include gardening, general household chores such as baking, cleaning, cooking, helping out with our animals, looking after our baby boy and simply what ever work has to be done in and around the house.
    Much of our help does not necessarily need someone who is experienced but we do need volunteers who are willing to get physical, get their hands dirty and are motivated to help out where help is needed.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

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

  • Accommodation


    We have a little batch right behind our house which has it's own kitchen, shower and toilet. It's very cozy and rustic. It's not provided with Internet but you can use ours whenever you're with us. You are welcome to spend some evenings a week with us for a nice chat, a game or a movie.
    Since it could get a little cold in winter we offer the alternative to stay with us in a little guest room and shared bathroom.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off you can go out and explore the farm and the valley and all the beautiful hikes and huts around. Go for a bike or horse ride. Since we don't go to town very often we recommend having your own vehicle coming here if you are planning on leaving the valley a lot. You are welcome to join us on family activities on the weekends.

  • 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

    We have a big property around the house so the size of a campervan wouldn't really matter

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 218767627346