Family Creating a self sufficient Bush Paradise. 30 minutes drive from Taipa, New Zealand

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  • Description

    Description

    We have 121 hectares of land of which 100 hectares is native bush.

    We do not have tracks through the Bush but that is is in the plans. You can walk up our hill and have a view across the valleys and out to the distant coast.

    We are establishing gardens and orchards and have 2 dogs (Beautiful 3 year old Labradors),
    2 sheep,1 x 4 year old cow, 5 x 3 year old cows and 6 calves and 9 ducks and 15 chickens with the aim of being as self sufficient as We can.

    We are off the grid so are investigating various ways of generating our own power .

    Our budget has not enabled us to invest in solar so We are unable to constantly charge devises. This is an opportunity to live without being attached to your device.

    We are located 30 minutes from the East coast beaches, Taipa, Cable Bay and Coopers Beach.

    We enjoy eating vegetables, We try to grow as much as We can. We eat our own home grown organic meat two or three times a week.

    We have two girls aged 13 years and 11 years.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn about sustainable living in a fun family environment. This will include learning how to take care of the land. During your time with us you will learn the skills involved in maintaining gardens, orchards and animals free from pesticides and chemicals.

    As meals are prepared from raw ingredients, you will have the opportunity to learn to cook. Most of the cooking is done in a home made wood fired oven, this includes baking bread.

    You will have the opportunity to live a low impact kiwi life style. "living off the land". You may have opportunity to learn to fish.

    You will experience what is like to live with-out noise or light pollution. Get to study the stars from down under and experience true silence.

    You will experience what it is like to live in an isolated environment the nearest neighbour being 10 minutes walk away.

  • Help

    Help

    Assistance with the seasonal activities in the orchards and gardens ie firewood, planting seeds, weeding, mulching, composting and harvesting and Preserving.

    Assistance with everyday chores, cooking, washing up, cleaning, hanging out/folding washing and vacuuming

    Our 3 year old Labradors love being taken for walks. There may be times they will need your company when We have to go out for the day so it is essential you love dogs.

    It would be of great benefit if you are physically fit as many of the tasks are physically challenging.

    Assistance with building and maintenance of home.

    Assistance with feeding ducks and chickens and caring for cows.

    Assistance with children's learning and activities.

    Assistance with technology

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Sleeping in a caravan located near to the house. All cooking is done in the house kitchen. Meals are shared with us.

    Showers may be taken in the house

    We have a outdoor fire bath a wonderful night time experience

    We use a simple but effective bucket toilet system, also known as a composting toilet

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are very isolated but there is some beauty in that. Peace, solitude and stunning views.

    You will hear kiwis at night and look at the night sky while you lie in our fire bath. The night sky may be revealed to you in all its beauty, with no light pollution.

    The intercity coach service drops off and picks up in Taipa (best during school holidays) and Kaitaia, We can pick you up from there.

    If driving, you are best to arrive on highway 10 into Taipa and travel to where We live in Peria from there.

    Our nearest town is Kaitaia 50 minutes drive from where We live. My husband travels into Kaitaia every day of the working week during the school term so this is a good arrival and departure option.

    You can visit the Bush Fairy Dairy which is 20 minutes drive from our property. They sell local crafts, organic food (organic ice cream that is good enough to write home about) and has internet access.

    We work six days a week making Saturday or Sunday our day of rest. If you would like an additional day off you have the option of making up the hours on other days.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)

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