Welcome to the wilderniss in Kaitaia, New Zealand

  • New Zealand
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  • Last activity: 30/01/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description



    to our family experience here in the beautiful Far North!
    We are four years in now and have a clearer picture of what we are creating for ourselves and our future generations on this land.
    My name is Sandra and Maya (9), Kyan (7), Lani (4) and Luca (1) and I are enjoying living close to town and rural at the same time. We've got the bush at our doorstep, the lake and beach only 20 min away and we all love adventures and the outdoors.
    We currently have 4 outdoor projects on the go, there's bush clearing and replanting Manuka and Kanuka for our Free flow honey beehive project, making the chicken coop escape proof (ongoing project :) ), clearing the bush from invasive weeds while creating space for native plants to flourish and building a community vegetable garden to enjoy growing and sharing food for ourselves, our friends and our wider community. We are playing with the idea of organic permaculture and we're allowing the projects to flow where it feels easy and fun to do so.

    Inside our home I am well on my way to become an emphatic communicator and would love to support you and my family which this immensely nourishing skill. I love how my friendships and relationships are so much more nourishing and connecting now and I feel ready to have a play with sharing this with you too.

    We have 1 room available and food included in our house for one workaway to share life with us, welcoming guests, helping with children, cooking and all round help.
    Our home has the character of a house built in the 1920', with horse and cart and is fully built out of native Kauri wood.
    I truly love it and wonder how its going to feel for you.

    We are also trialling something new and would love to invite up to 3 workaways to bring their own food to camp on our land. I have a 3 person tent and bed available for 1 workaway and a big 6 person tent available with bed for a couple or 2 workaways that are comfortable sharing their space. The tents are set by the fire pit for night gatherings. Our kitchen, washing machine, bathroom is available as a shared space in exchange for 3 hours of work a day including connection/circle time in the morning from time to time. With the circle time I hold the intention for us all to tune into ourselves and feel what we feel and practise expressing it in the group if we feel to do so. From there I’ll share my request and offerings and start the day together knowing we are there for each other creating a hub for yourselves and future travellers and my family alike. I’d imagine it to be from 9-12 Monday to Friday with all the spare time to explore our bush, borrow my surfboard at the beach, body board at the lake or areal yoga hammock on the tree or total freedom to do what opens your heart ❤️
    I’d love some gatherings around campfires once our twice a week.
    For practical reasons I’d love to mix workaways who travel by car and some without to help each other out and especially in trial face would love to keep this place total alcohol free.
    If this exchange resonates with you I’d love to welcome you with our first volunteer Celestin from France from the 20th of November onwards!
    Also because this is a trial there is total freedom for you to come and leave more freely as your well-being and your freedom matters.
    Much love
    Sandra and kids

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This lovely place is amongst native bush to explore and only 15 min away from 90 mile beach or shipwreck bay. We live 2 hours away from the beautiful Cape Reinga and I definitely recommend camping there for the weekend. We may join you if the timing feels right :) Both beaches are amazing places to soak up some of New Zealands beautiful nature. Also being from Belgium myself I can introduce Dutch, French or support you with the English and NVC Language if you seek to introduce or improve those skills for yourself. I love becoming better at non violent communication and I meditate daily, am so happy to share this life changing skill with you! I am also an art teacher by training and even though I'm a little rusty I would be happy to start picking up teaching some of those skills again as well. I like the practise of living healthy, mindfully and in harmony. My kids have a surfing board and mine is being looked after by friends while I'm caring for little Luca so feel free to use my long board anytime. So if you feel the need to come back to basics, reset, restore or learn the skills of being with a busy family this is a good place to be!
    Much love!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help



    I would love to experience someone who enjoys variety while being present with my children. Someone who can balance the playfulness of children while noticing work and join in where needed as needed.
    In the morning I love having some time to create an art course, practise NVC or dedicate to personal growth and help in the kitchen, organising the day as well as help with my younger children would bring a lot of ease and joy to my day.
    There is also room to work on the projects outdoors like helping the children to feed the animals, fixing the chicken coop, making play dough, making a mud kitchen, weta houses, birdhouses, creating art with them as well as working on the vegetable garden, beehive patch or weeds.
    I'd love to welcome someone flexible and fun, a role model who can assist and guide my children towards self responsibility especially around free exploration (art, fishing, cooking, drills etc) and supporting them with cleaning up after themselves.

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    I CAN OFFER FRENCH, DUTCH AND ENGLISH SUPPORT as well as non violent communication guidance.

  • Accommodation


    We live in a villa that has been pulled by horse and cart around 1920. We have a spare room in the house for 1 person to join us. The room is clean and dry and is still a work in progress. I'd love for it to get a makeover in the next 2 years. You will require a car as we live rurally, yet very close to town, beaches and walking tracks.

    I’ve set up two tents with bedding around a campfire and intend to make it really cozy. I’ve got shared bathroom, table chairs kitchen

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your time off there are walking tracks, surfing beaches close by, there is a cinema, a museum and library within 5 minutes and three different swimming pools in town. Only 1 hour from here there are also surfing dunes and quite a few

  • 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


  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Theres an outside pen with a little animal house for dogs if needed, no cats please We also hosted a cheep before :) If you have your own solar electric fence bigger animals may be considered.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    9-12 Monday to Friday

Host ref number: 221944728993

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