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We are a couple living on a property with 14ha of protected native bush (forest), small flocks of chickens and ducks, a few sheep, hundreds of birds, thousands of glow-worms, millions of insects, organic gardens & fruit trees - we are all looking forward to hopefully host you soon in this very special corner of the world :)
Māori/Pākehā. From my mother, I descend from tribes in the Bay of Plenty region from the ancestral canoes - Nukutere, Mataatua & Te Arawa. My father is Pākehā from the South Island (Otago) with Scottish, English and Viking ancestry. I bought this property in 2017 and have hosted workaway volunteers ever since. In 2018 I volunteered for many workaway hosts as I backpacked around the world (mainly in Europe and South America).
My vision is to live a simple, self-sufficient life connected to land and sea. Creating a safe space where people can be high on nature.
German free spirit. I started traveling the world when I turned 20 just after finishing my apprenticeship in Hotel Management. Travelling became my biggest passion and I kept exploring for the following 14 years on and off. In between travelling and volunteering on all continents of the world, meeting amazing people and making some very special memories, I worked in hospitality in Switzerland, on orchards in Japan and New Zealand, on a ship in South Africa, as a Nanny in Mexico and much more. I also got my massage therapist certificates in between this.
Describing me in only a few words: non-meat eater since I am a little girl, alcohol-free since 2017, traveling, yoga, homegrown organic food and medicine, animal lover, nature, natural way of living, music, positive, laughing, loving the oceans, rivers & lakes.
We are looking for energetic, self motivated, environmentally conscious people who have skills and experience to help with these current projects:
- earth wall building for garden edging
- retaining wall building
- earth building
- deck building
- animal pest control (possums, rats, musterlids, cats, mice)
- plant propagation
We can offer volunteers Māori culture, NZ flora & fauna info, NZ music, guitars, healthy organic homegrown food, eco friendly living, a peaceful place to be away from the stresses of travel & the city.
We strive to live a waste free life, so if you bring any plastic products (or any other waste) with you, we kindly ask that you take it with you when you leave. You can leave biodegradable waste.
We also prefer people who don't rely on substances like drugs, cigarettes and alcohol
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Connecting/reconnecting to land and sea, environmentally conscious lifestyle, conservation/ecology information, Māori culture/language, NZ music, native plants & birds, rongoā (Māori natural medicine), seasonal organic homegrown and locally sourced food, offset your carbon footprint from traveling by helping with conservation - giving back to nature.
We love exchanging culture, music, recipes/cooking/food, language, dreams, stories, positive vibes.
Painting, gardening, sustainable construction, scrub cutting, conservation work, general maintenance, lawns, cleaning, building/carpentry, firewood, pest control, art, computer & internet, GIS, animal care, electrician, gas fitter, builder/carpenter, sustainable energy experts, permaculture experts, water experts, tiny house experts, earth building experts.
Help hours can be flexible to suit everyone. For example, some volunteers prefer to do their 5 hours in the mornings so they have the afternoons off (7:30am - 12:30pm)
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.
We live in a small cosy 2 room self-contained cabin. The cabin can be cold in winter and hot in summer. We live on rainwater so guests must be conscious of water consumption. This is why in summer, we bath in the river or ocean almost everyday. Drinking water we usually get from a close by fresh water spring.
You will get a bed in a private room. Shared kitchen & bathroom. Compost toilet. Hot shower. Wifi. Breakfast & dinner are provided. Share the cooking and clean up. We ask that volunteers organise their own lunch as its not always guaranteed we will be around in the middle of the day.
We are flexible about when you take your 2 days off a week.
Property is located 7min drive to nearest beach (Hikuwai/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), café/restaurants, arts & crafts stores, opshops, Motu river jetboat, new skatepark, Moutohora (Whale Island) tours, kayaking tours, orchards (kiwi fruit, macadamia, avocado, citrus), Whakatōhea Mussels (largest open ocean mussel farm), fishing, hunting, beach walks, sunrises/sunsets, fires, star gazing, river swimming, rock/bridge jumping (bombs), chilling.
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. If you don't have your own transport/vehicle we can pick you up from Ōpōtiki.
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 East Cape - the first place in the world to see the sunrise) - 2.5 hours drive.
From Taupō - 3 hours drive.
From Wellington - 7.5 hours drive.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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