Small farm needs help with various projects near Darfield, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • New Zealand
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  • Last activity: 31/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    I have a beautiful and picturesque small sheep farm (6.5 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. I have 20 sheep who are very friendly, all have names and their own stories to tell. I also have 1 horse and 2 ponies, 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 (12) and Freya (9) both attend school in Darfield. They play rugby, soccer and basketball, and excel at athletics. Freya dances (hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre and acrobatics!) and is learning to play the piano, violin and recorder. She also rides her pony at pony club. Leon rides his motorbike, likes target practice with his air rifle, want's to be a pro-scooter star, but is more likely to be an Olympian athlete! This is all 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!

    We grow lots of vegetables and fruit in our garden, fill the freezer with home grown and home made food (meat/vegetables/fruit) and try to lead wholesome lives. We work hard and play hard!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

    We eat as much home grown and raised food as we can, which reduces my food bills considerably and reduces my carbon footprint significantly. Everything we eat is cooked from individual ingredients with as little processed content as possible. I can share with you how to prepare, preserve and store home grown produce.

    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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    *************HORSE HELP NEEDED URGENTLY - From any time now till 7th Feb***************
    I'm struggling to keep 4 horses in work on my own (I'm working full time!) and I need a competent/experienced rider to help me. I had someone organised to help me, but they've had to change their plans.
    I have the following horses......
    16.3 - Beautiful 12 year old Thoroughbred mare - excitable but predictable. Flatwork and jumping (can jump up to 1m if you're an experienced jumper).
    14.2 - Cheeky 5 year old warmblood type - needs consistent flatwork and is learning to jump
    13.1 - Well behaved Section B Welsh pony - general fitness. Able to ride if small otherwise lunging and ground work.
    12.2 - Cute 12.2 very old pony who needs lunging a couple of times a week for general fitness and activity.

    Edit - these things are currently covered :-)
    I need help with the following....

    - Help looking after the animals - dogs, cat, sheep and lambs, plus horses.
    - Farm and outside chores - for example:
    gardening ~ weed and bush clearing ~ stacking wood ~ digging ~ river management ~ building/repairing fences ~ sheep work ~ house and building maintenance.
    We never run out of jobs outside the house!
    - For experienced and competent riders only - help working on a young 14.2 pony, help teaching her to school and jump. Nervous or novice riders won't be able to really help me sorry.

    The farm is 18 km from Darfield and shops/cafes, but the views at home are epic, the company is fun and it's a safe, friendly home.
    The help we need would be approx 20 hours per person 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

    I can cater for and accommodate meat eaters, vegetarians, 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, or I may be able to collect you from Christchurch at the weekends.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Welsh: Beginner
    French: 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


    Everything would be provided for you including fun, food, internet, washing machine, 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?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours per week per person - flexible

Host ref number: 243694144434

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