LATEST NEWS: 28 Jan 2019
No more helpers needed in February, but maybe in March. More orchard maintenance work needs doing.
My wife Brenda and I own a 1.2ha (3 acre) orchard situated between Levin and Otaki, about one hour by car north of Wellington, on State Highway 1. There is a house on site, where helpers can stay. Our permanent home is in Wellington.
Our main crop is plums, which ripen over a three week period in January. This crop is sufficiently large to require 2-3 helpers during this time. We need help with picking, usually from Thursday to Saturday.
My wife and I are in our 60's, and have over the past 20 years hosted numerous exchange students, travellers and volunteers from all around the world. We particularly love hosting young German helpers, as our younger daughter lives in Hamburg, and is married with two children. Our elder daughter lives near us in Wellington, and is married with three young children.
At other times of the year, we can use helpers for various activities, including pruning, weeding and orchard maintenance.
There is no public transport at the orchard itself, but I am able to meet and greet at Intercity bus stop near to the orchard. If coming from the South Island, I can meet you at the ferry terminal in Wellington.
We look forward to meeting willing Workawayers.
Roger and Brenda
You will meet some real "Kiwis". (The people, not the bird or the fruit!) My wife and I have had a lot of experience hosting people from Europe, Asia and the Americas. We can relate to their needs, and also provide a real Kiwi experience that is not available from just backpacking or being a tourist. There is a beach nearby (Otaki Beach) suitable for swimming and surfing, during the summer months (December to March.)
Picking plums (January only), weeding, tree trimming, general orchard maintenance.
House at the orchard with own bedroom, if required. We also have space for tents, and campervans. Meals provided while volunteering.
There are bush walks a short drive away. We have two bicycles available for Workawayers to use, and it’s a flat road to the nearest beach. As I mentioned above, no public transport.
More than two
Maximum 3 hours a day.
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