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Join us in our slice of paradise near Tauranga, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Our slice of paradise is a one acre property in a quiet area out of Tauranga with a distant view across the inner harbour and across to the Kaimai range. We manage the property by applying organic practices with young fruit trees of various sorts, vegetable gardens, establishing areas of native trees, lawn (used for playing various games) and a simple home with large covered outdoor area. As Denise and I (Marion) are both in our seventies we are finding the physical work is a challenge and we would love some help around the property in the garden and doing general maintenance as well as working on projects requiring some construction knowledge.
    Our local community is friendly and works as a community on various projects such as trapping pests in local bush and forest areas, holding a dinner get together once a month and sharing information and swapping resources. Many of the community members a focussed on permaculture, Organics and sustainability.
    There are great bush areas for walking, bike rides, beaches, a local Marae, and a small set of shops nearby.
    Although there is no bus service here, we can drop workawayers to a bus stop if planned in advance and can take them to town when we go. Workawayers who have their own vehicle would have greater flexibility. Plenty of parking in the property.
    We both love good food and enjoy learning new ways of cooking. Workawayers may enjoy cooking with us and sharing their knowledge of foods and cooking. We usually eat the organic food we grow, with organic meat obtained locally where possible. Please come expecting to eat lots of vegetables and a range of herbs and spices.
    We welcome people from any country, of any age who would like to engage with us by sharing their own knowledge and skills as we share ours.
    Our property is a smoke and drug free property so please do not apply if these are part of your life.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers could expect to learn about organic garden principles and practices, develop their 'Kiwi' English language, enjoy the outdoor lifestyle many kiwis live, sing waiata as we play our ukeleles ( play their own with us..., learn about kiwi cuisine, and some of the things about New Zealanders lives and beliefs they are interested in.

  • Help


    We are looking for workawayers who can put in a solid 25 hrs a week (hours can be negotiated as full days or part days) helping in the garden and with general property maintenance. A reasonable level of general fitness and willingness to give things a go are important. Workawayers may expect to do such things as digging, weeding, harvesting, chipping, compost making, trimming, painting, planting, pruning and taking a share of general household tasks. Our current projects require strength and some construction knowledge.
    We will ask Workawayers to make us all at least one meal that is traditional to their homeland.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Travellers will share our home with us. Everyone (including us) is expected to be considerate of others. We will all eat together when at the property with some sharing of cooking and cleaning up.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is plenty to do with time off depending on travellers preferences. Beaches, fishing, swimming, hot mineral pools, bush walking, cycling, enjoying all the city of Tauranga has to offer. At home we have plenty of reading material, board games, unlimited wifi ( although sometimes intermittent), games such as pétanque, badminton and darts.
    There is no public transport but travellers can be dropped to nearest bus stop or come to town or beach with us when we go.

  • 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

    Large flat space available on driveway. Power hookup and water available.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 315527469529

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