Volunteer in tranquil Northland, New Zealand

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  • Last activity: 10/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Kia ora 😀 We are a family of four living in a picturesque bush clad valley by a rocky bottomed river. Located 5 hours north of Auckland. The coast is 20 minutes away. The Far North is definitely worth adding to your travel itinerary 😀
    We've got space for someone to join us alongside our current helper til mid December.

    We currently need someone to help us with maintenance in the garden - weeding, collecting horse manure; general house work, collecting firewood, feeding animals and walking the dog, house painting. We like to cook and would love it if you enjoy cooking or baking. Julien is a chilli fanatic and grows a variety of chilli plants. He makes fermented hot sauce which ranges in heat from a mild/medium to 15/10 (I'm not kidding haha). We also make kombucha using green tea and honey and Kimchi. We make our own bread and would like to try some different recipes if you have any. We are vegetarian and make a range of vegetarian/vegan meals including Thai curries, pasta, homemade pizza, Mexican, roasted vegetables, vege burgers, stir fries, soups and salads.

    Although this is flexible we prefer you to arrive on a Thursday or Friday so we can spend time with you on the weekend helping you to settle in as we work during the week :-) . Please note that we are at work/school during the week so you must be able to work independently on tasks and be self motivated. I work Tuesday to Friday. We currently don't have a spare room so we ask our guests to sleep in their vehicle if they have one or if prefferred we provide a good sized tent (see photo, you can stand in it) for two people with mattresses and bedding. Obviously you have use of our home living spaces during the day and evening.

    We are passionate about preserving our environment and have placed most of our land under a covenant to protect it for the future. This meant lots of hard work fencing which was achieved with lots of help from workawayers and wwoofers ;-) We belong to our local landcare group and our workawayers sometimes help with weed control/working bees if they want to.

    We grow a wide variety of organic fruit including apples, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, plums, peaches, blue berry, mulberry, Bananas, feijoa, pineapples, grapes, raspberries, avocado, cherimoya. We also have a hugelkultur vegetable garden which a wwoofer helped to build that grows tomatoes, brasicas, lettuce, chard, kale, asparagus, garlic, zucchini and cucumber depending on the season.

    Being good hosts is important to us and we value the extra help and having the "world come into our home" by hosting travellers.

    We appreciate it if you show motivation and become a part of our family by pitching in. Helpers who are able to use initiative are like Gods to hosts, kidding, sort of! We worship anyone that noticed something needed doing and does it particularly if they haven't had much work to do. Work is usually 4 hours a day and help tidying the kitchen in the evening.

    Gloves, sunhat, old clothes, sunblock and insect repellent are important as are gumboots in Autumn and Winter.

    We are situated 20 minutes drive from beautiful east coast beaches and 35 minutes from Kaitaia township where we shop. Workawayers without a car usually catch a bus to Taipa where we can pick them up. If you have a car we encourage you to take a day or two out and head up the coast and camp in one the many cheap beachside campgrounds on the way to Cape Reinga.

    We potter about alot at home, there is always something to do! There are lovely bush walks in this valley and a river to swim in beside the house (perfect for the summer!).

    Julien is a secondary school art teacher and enjoys sailing. I work at the local preschool as a teacher and enjoy pottering at home with the animals. Our kids are aged 15 and 17.

    I recommend visitors shop for any extras (treats and toiletries) before coming as we are not walking distance to any shops and drive to town once a week.

    We do not mind if you are learning english but it is important that you are sociable rather than very quiet! We value a sense of humour and enjoy conversations with our guests. Our household is busy but our attitude is relaxed, you will have plenty of opportunity to just chill out and will be treated like a member of the family. We have lots of pets so if you like animals you will enjoy your stay!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Sharing ideas and experiences. Seeing things from another perspective and reciprocal knowledge sharing. Learning about organic gardening practices. How to make hot sauce, kimchi and kombucha. Learning about animal care including horses and poultry. Feeding our huge pet eel in the river. Local treks.
    Fun, laughs, relaxation and not so hard work.

  • Help


    We currently need someone to help in the garden, collect horse manure, general housework, house painting, spring cleaning, weeding, mulching, windows, animal care, walking Marley.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We are currently short of bedrooms so if you have a campervan for sleeping or we provide a good sized tent for two with necessary bedding. This is only for sleeping so you will spend your time in our home during the day and evening.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Northland is a beautiful place to visit with some of the best scenery in the country. Many parts of it are remote with beautiful forest and white sandy beaches. If you don't have a car we may be able to take you to local beaches or you could join Julien at the local sailing club on Saturday.

    Unfortunately our internet access is 4G mobile so the wifi can be a bit hit and miss but generally fine for emailing etc.

  • 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

    We have space for a 4 birth or 6 meter camper with power accessible.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours depending on the job, 5 days a week with 2 days off

Host ref number: 313613774557

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Enjoy a relaxing stay in the centre of New Zealand, with easy access to the rest of the country.
General help around the garden and house and dog sitting near the beach in Wellington, New Zealand