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

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  • Description

    Description

    Nau mai haere mai! Welcome! Willkommen!
    Thanks for checking out our page...

    We are a couple living on a property with 14ha of protected native bush (forest), 4 hens, 1 rooster, 2 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 :)

    Hori -
    33 year old 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.

    Steffi-
    34 year old 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 all 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 ad 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
    - earth building
    - deck building
    - animal pest control (possums, rats, musterlids, cats, mice)
    - plant propagation
    - gardening
    - roof prep/painting
    - fencing

    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

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    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

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Maori: 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

    Accommodation

    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.

    The other dwelling on the property is occupied by a couple (sister & partner) with their 9-year-old son (who has autism).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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