Experience East Coast life connected to bush and sea Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


New Zealand


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  • Description


    I returned home in January 2019 after 6 months traveling around Europe and South America.
    I’m back at work now and am trying to get things done at the property outside of work hours.
    If anyone is in the area, any help would be appreciated.

    I descend from tribes in the Bay of Plenty region from the ancestral canoes - Mataatua & Te Arawa. I work in Conservation and bought a property in late 2017 with 14ha of protected native bush (forest). Unfortunately my work schedule is very unpredictable and I am away most of the time working around Aotearoa/NZ biodiversity surveying. When I am home I try get as much done as possible. Jobs around property including pest control, weed control, native tree propagation, permaculture, gardening, building, firewood, pruning, general tidying, cleaning, construction, track maintenance, art, painting, carpentry, animal care, tree care, land care, environmental care, human care. I can offer volunteers Māori culture, NZ flora & fauna info, NZ music, a peaceful place to be away from the stresses of travel & the city.

    I strive to live a plastic free life, so if you bring any single use plastic products with you, I kindly ask that you take them with you when you leave.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Connecting/reconnecting to land and sea, conservation/ecology info, Maori culture/language, NZ music, native plants & birds, rongoā (Māori natural medicine), offset carbon footprint from traveling by helping with conservation - giving back to nature.
    I love exchanging culture, music, cooking/food, language, dreams, stories, positive vibes.

  • Help


    Painting, gardening, sustainable construction, scrub cutting, conservation work, general maintenance, lawns, cleaning, building/carpentry, firewood, pest control, art, eco-tourism, computer & internet, marketing, GIS, animal care, electrician, gas fitter, builder/carpenter, sustainable energy experts, permaculture experts, tiny house experts

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Māori, learning Spanish

  • Accommodation


    I live in a small 2 room self-contained cabin. The cabin is pretty cold in the winter and hot in summer. The other dwelling on the property is occupied by a couple (sister & partner) with their 7-year-old son (who has autism).
    You will get a bed in a private room. Shared kitchen & bathroom. Flush & compost toilet (preferred). Hot shower. Wifi. Breakfast & dinner provided. Share the cooking and clean up. I ask that volunteers organise their own lunch as its not always guaranteed I will be around in the middle of the day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Prefer guests to take their 2days off during the weekdays so I can be with them during weekends.
    Property is located 7min drive to nearest beach (Hukuwai) and 10min drive (30min bike) to Ōpōtiki township.
    The area offers bush walks, glow worms, camping, sea swimming/surfing/diving, cycling, bike trails (Motu Trails), hiking, rafting, paddling, yoga, meditation, gardening, organic food, sustainable living, reading, environmental protection/guardianship, NZ birds, Ōpōtiki Library (books and free wifi), cafe/restaurants, arts & crafts stores, Motu river jetboat, White Island (Whakaari) tours, kayaking tours, orchards (kiwi fruit, macadamia, avocado, citrus), fishing, hunting, beach walks, sunrises/sunsets, fires, star gazing, river swimming, chilling.

    I currently don’t have a vehicle so my mobility is limited to hitchhiking and biking which makes pick ups challenging.

    Transport to and from Ōpōtiki - hitchhiking, bus, plane to Whakatāne, yacht/vessel, bike.
    From Auckland you can fly with Air Chathams to Whakatāne or bus to Ōpōtiki with Intercity.

    Its about 4.5 hours drive in a car from Auckland.
    From Whakatāne - 45 minutes drive.
    From Hamilton - 3.5 hours drive.
    From Tauranga - 2 hours drive.
    From Rotorua - 2 hours drive.
    From Gisborne - 2 hours drive.
    From Te Araroa (near the first place in the world to see sunrise) - 2.5 hours drive.
    From Taupō - 3 hours drive.
    From Wellington - 7.5 hours drive.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

2017 After moving in and mowing the hay paddock long lawns
Painting house with Canelle and Bob
View from my bedroom window
painting finished ready for Winter
Moutohora/Whale Island sunset
East Coast
Brazier under crescent moon
Sinhue sharing his tortilla (Spanish omelette) recipe
Gathering harore with Gabby and Nikita

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