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 1 dog (Beautiful Labrador,
2 sheep,1 x 4 year old cow, 5 x 3 year old, 1 18 month old cow, and 9 ducks and 9 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 meat two or three times a week. Fish once a week caught by my husband.
We have two girls aged 14 years and 12 years.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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 in the winter is done in a home made wood fired oven, this includes baking bread. In the summer We cook in an oven.
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 down hill.
Assistance with the seasonal activities in the orchards and gardens ie firewood, planting seeds, weeding, mulching, watering, composting and harvesting and Preserving.
Assistance with everyday chores, cooking, washing up, cleaning, hanging out/folding washing and vacuuming
Our 4 year old Labrador loves 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 dogs.
Assistance with technology
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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
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
4 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)
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