Help around several hectares of forest including a large area of regenerating native forest, Motueka, New Zealand.


New Zealand

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    We have several hectares of forest including a large area of regenerating native forest. We started planting trees in 1988 and the increase in biodiversity as the years go by is beautiful to see. We are still planting trees (in winter) but most of the work these days is on dealing with the weeds. The biggest weed we have is old man's beard which is a very rapid climbing plant that smothers trees and kills them. We are desperate for more help to control this pest. We try to ensure that people experience different jobs. You may also help look after the pet pigs, ducks and chickens if you want.

    We live in a beautiful place. Good water and air. Swimming pool and river swims. Beautiful local walks. The property has a network of forest trails that pass through a wide variety of habitats and ecosystems laced with gentle streams. The trails vary in difficulty with the top one leading to an outcrop of white quartz on the ridgeline with expansive views over all of Tasman Bay from Abel Tasman National Park to D'Urville Island on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds. To the east is the expanse of the Richmond Range and to the west is the beautiful skyline of Kahurangi National Park.

    We are also a handy base for local explorations and we are happy to work in with you if you wish to have breaks of some days but to come back to a home base.

    We have space for up to 3 groups of people in three different bedrooms. We do not put different groups into one room. Each person or couple has their own private space.

    Seasonal fruit, nuts and vegetables are usually available. If you bring your own food you need to work an average of 3 hours per day. If you would like us to supply food we expect 4 hours of work per day.

    Please note that we don't take bookings any more than a month ahead

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Happy to share kiwi culture and learn yours. Also happy to teach what I know about forest establishment and ecosystems

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    You don't need any special skills but you do need to be fit and able! We only accept non smokers.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a variety of choice from a bedroom in an earth floor room to a independent caravan. Shared cooking and bathroom.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are great local walks and bike rides. Swimming in the beautiful Motueka river.

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    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 fast wifi (120MB)

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Not possible to fit big rigs here but normal size campers are ok

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 6 days a week.

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