A secret hideaway on Waiheke Island, New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • Description


    I live on Waiheke Island on a seaside block with boat only access. My place is 10 acres of regenerating bush siting right on the waters edge. I have a small orchard and some vegetable gardens that I am developing to produce a lot of the food I eat and I catch fish and collect shellfish from in front of my place. I am mostly vegetarian, whole food dairy free. I have power by solar pannels and harvest rain water. I have limited internet access via a hotspot from my cellphone. I am a non smoker.
    Accommodation and food is provided in return for 3-4 hours work per day, 5 days a week.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    To practice English, gardening, and meet someone living a mostly self sufficient lifestyle on a block with only access being by a 3.6 metre dingy ride ,1. 25 km across the bay from the road end where my car is parked.

  • Help


    The work is mainly gardening and compost making with some building work and track making. The compostIng involves collecting seaweed when available and lots of leaf litter. Also I have a motorised chipper to produce composting chips from a lot of encroaching bush.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Sleeping is all at one level with a curtain separating the host from the workawayers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When here, time off can be spent going for walks along the beach, I have a fibreglass dingy that can be rowed and a board that can be paddled. There is also swimming!

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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