Help us in our eco home and property in the beautiful Motueka River Valley, New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • Description


    Bill and I live in a small eco-house, off-grid, in the beautiful Motueka River Valley. My son Matthew also lives on the property in a sleep-out. Our home and property are run on organic principles and we have vegetable and flower gardens, an orchard and some pasture where a local farmer sometimes runs his sheep. We have a very friendly dog, a Burmese cat, and some chickens.

    We are fairly new to Workaway although we have had many lovely helpers through another site over the course of the last seven years.

    There is no television here although we do have a monitor and some DVDs. We have Wifi but use is limited to a degree.

    We are meat eaters and non-smokers. We don't cater for full-time vegetarians although we do have some vegetarian meals

    Afternoons and weekends are free for you to explore the area which is near some lovely hikes, the sea, and the Abel Tasman National Park.

    Our property is 35 minutes from the nearest town and there is no bus service, so it is better if you have your own transport.

    We really enjoy having people from New Zealand and other countries and cultures coming to help us on our property.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It's always a pleasure to share our everyday life with people from another country. We really enjoy the exchange of ideas, culture and finding out about different ways of life. In exchange we can show you our way of life and the culture of New Zealand.

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    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We need help with clearing scrub, general farm maintenance, and also gardening. In wet weather there are some under- cover projects.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    German: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is a room with a queen-sized bed and a lovely view over the valley. The bathroom is shared with us and the toilet is in a separate room.

    We eat three times a day and share mealtimes with our guests. Eve makes fresh bread nearly every day which is said to be very good. As mentioned above, we are meat eaters but we always have good fresh vegetables from our garden (as much as possible).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are some good hikes, swimming in the river, and the Abel Tasman National Park is about 45 minutes away by car. You can only hike through the park or go by water taxi. It is recommended as it's a very beautiful place.

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    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 room to park a small campervan ( for example a Toyota Hiace), near the house.

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    Hours expected

    3 to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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Host ref number: 319195344823