Small farm needs help with care of horses, house, animals, garden and various projects. Darfield, near Christchurch, New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    I have a beautiful and picturesque small sheep farm (50 acres) located near Darfield, and am located about 45 mins from the edge of Christchurch. The farm house is a 4 bedroom Victorian style period villa with lots of character and wonderful views. Some of the land is leased out, but I farm on the remaining 20 acres. I have 40 sheep who are very friendly, all have names and their own stories to tell. I also have 1 horse and a pony, lots of free range chickens, 2 goats, 2 dogs and a cat, all of who are friendly and love attention. There is also a large vegetable garden, a young fruit orchard, a couple of farm buildings and a river that runs through the farm.

    Celia (a solo Mum) works 5 days a week (from home) providing support for Doctors and Medical Centres, as well as running the farm, looking after the kids and everything else!

    Leon (10) and Freya (7) both attend Darfield Primary school and play rugby and cricket for Darfield, go to hockey (turf not ice) training, have dance lessons (hip hop, jazz, ballet and acrobatics), attend gymnastics club and are learning to play the recorder. This is in-between spending most of their awake hours outside on their bikes and scooters, or getting wet in the river, or helping out on the farm!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • 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

    This would be the chance to experience a real kiwi rural family lifestyle. I can share my knowledge of farm skills, animal husbandry, gardening, environmental management, sustainable living and maintenance skills.

    Helping us would mean you could become part of our household and family. Previous helpers remain in contact with us and some even plan to return to visit us on their next trip to NZ. We've made some wonderful friends through hosting our previous visitors, and we hope that you could become friends for life.

  • Help

    Help

    Please note that the NZ borders are closed for all travelers due to Covid-19. If you are not already in NZ, you will not be able to enter the country, and so I won't be able to host you. I do not know when the borders will be open again for travellers.

    If you're already in NZ then please feel free to contact me.

    I need help with the following....

    -Help looking after the animals; dogs, cat, chickens, sheep and lambs.
    -Farm and outside chores - for example: gardening, weed and bush clearing, stacking wood, landscaping, river management, fencing, sheep work, house and building maintenance. We never run out of chores outside the house!
    -Help look after the horse and pony, but only if you are an experienced/competent horse person. Riding could be available too, but my horse (Polly) is fizzy and excitable, and is for advanced/confident riders only. She schools well and can jump quite nicely, and is lovely mare, but please don't overestimate your ability as she is not suitable for novice riders. I also ride English style, so western riders please take note!
    -Basic help around the house (cleaning, vacuuming, washing etc)
    -Cooking meals some days

    The farm is quite isolated, but I am usually working at home during the day and we are all at home in the evenings and weekend, and then there are always the dogs to keep you company!
    The help we need would be approx 20 hours each week....depending on what projects we have going on at the time.

    So, if you want to stay with us and have access to family and farm life then this may be just what you need!

    We would need you to:
    -speak a fairly good standard of English
    -be a non-smoker (100%)
    -stay for a minimum of two weeks

    If you are vegetarian this is not an issue, but you'd need to understand that our family will be eating meat, however I would not expect you to :-)
    I am also fine to accommodate gluten free and Coeliac diets. Any other dietary requirements can be discussed but purchase of specialised foods would be the workawayers responsibility.

    I have two (very friendly) dogs and a cat who live in the house too, so you need to be happy to have animals around you.

    There is a daily (Mon-Fri) bus from Christchurch to Darfield if you have no transport of your own.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    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

    Accommodation

    Everything would be provided for you including fun, food, internet, washing machine, bikes, fresh air and mountain views!

    You would have great company, lots of new experiences, a room to stay in and no living costs.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are close to the mountains, Arthur's Pass, Castle Hill (features in Lord of the Rings & Narnia), Cave Stream, 2 Ski fields (Mount Hutt and Porters ski fields), Rakaia Gorge (Salmon fishing), Waimakariri Gorge (swimming place), local amenities at Darfield (big ice creams at the dairy, shops, library, post shop, mechanincs etc), and only an hour from Christchurch City centre.
    NZ, and Canterbury specifically is the best place to live in the world!

  • 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

    Unlimited WiFi from my mobile phone hot-spot, so when I'm out there's no Internet. I'm home most of the time though!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    20 hours per week, Monday - Friday.

The property needs a lot of landscaping and tidying up. There are lots of jobs that you could potentially help with
There are two very keen helpers on the farm already, but we need a bit more man power than this 5 and 8 year old can offer!
Freya is the best little helper and loves being involved with everything.
This is the view from the back of the house, the conservatory overlooks this view and it's something we never get tired of seeing.
This is Artex with a fairy Freya on board. If you have any equestrian experience then Freya would love your hrlp with her pony and the other two horses need riding as often as you like!

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