Come and join our Eco building project on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Our Community was born in 1975 when a group of young friends including Manu's father and uncle who got together and bought this land of native bush to start a community of like minded people, in that first period they built the communal house we call the A-frame, But as the people had different ideas and focus in there lives they mostly left the Island. Manu has lived on this land off and on since he was born and got more involved in the last years planting big organic gardens.. ect, Sofia has been living on the land for the last 6 years after a life on the ocean. They love this special place tucked away in the forest, we have recently completed the first stage of our dream home, a labour of love and so rewarding! we invite you to be a part of our project!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    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

    Living close to nature, low impact, sustainable lifestyle, Eco building, living off the Grid in remote areas.

  • Help


    We have recently moved in to our new eco home that we have spent the last 3 years building with lots of amazing helping hands! The house is of mud brick, milled timber from the island and other recycled materials, post and beam structure, passive solar design with green roof's and off grid systems.
    We are not regularly hosting people at the moment but do reach out if you are interested in gardening we regularly gather materials to create giant composts! We are both hard working and looking for someone keen to get stuck in to some physical labour!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

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

  • Accommodation


    The accomodation in the A-frame is simple and rustic with a wonderful outdoor bush bath.
    You will be supplied with fresh veggies from the gardens, eggs, homemade bread, and other basic ingredients to cook with, we will have lunches together, and the occasional shared dinner.
    Suited for people who enjoy being close to nature and happy in their own company. There is cell phone reception but only with Spark and Skinny networks.
    We are situated in a beautiful dense native forest with sea views, located 10 minutes bush walk from the road, just out of Tryphena on Great Barrier Island, a remote Island 90km off the coast Auckland.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many stunning hikes around the island with DOC huts and camp grounds to stay the night on the longer ones, countless beautiful beaches and the natural hot springs in the bush are a must! Great Barrier Island is also renown as an international dark sky sanctuary. Hitch hiking is a great way to travel on the island and meet some colourful locals. There is a lovely little private beach only 30min walk away. We also have a couple of push bikes, there is a kayak, snorkelling and fishing gear available too.
    We are a 5minute drive up the hill from where the ferry arrives into Tryphena Harbour, check out Sealink ferrys or Barrier air for flight's which land in Claris -30min away.

  • 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 possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    no cats please, dogs are fine.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week.

Host ref number: 238743236874

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