Welcome workawayer's, we are the custodians of a magical and enchanted Forrest located in the subtropical climate of Northland.
On this 10 acre paradise we are working together to regenerate and protect our native species, whilst intergrating a bio diverse food forest. Using organic practices we hope to create a space that is not only holistic for the land and it's creatures but facilitate a space to share skills and create together.
This is our garden of eden, here is a space to build, to burn, to play, to share and to inspire.
Located just Eight Minutes drive from Kerikeri and Five to Waipapa, it offers both convenience and privacy. The local town has everything we need, in summer the neighbouring towns of Russel and Pihia become a great place to grab an evening drink and to explore.
Currently we have up to 3 rooms available in a 4-bedroom bungalow. The house sits atop of a 14m (45ft) Waterfall and boasts much character.
The house is a rotating door of friends and family staying throughout the week. I love to host and to share this incredible space.
By way of introduction my name is Matt, Kiwi born but a nomad at heart. I returned to New Zealand two years ago to begin this project together with my family and friends. Working abroad for large chunks of the year, when I do make it home I love to throw myself into creative projects. Having inderpendent workawayer's here allows me to both focus on my ongoing projects whilst exploring collaboration, skill exchange and making life long friendships.
My Partner Erika lives here too, when she's not out picking flowers or cuddling ducklings you will find her working some magic in her studio. Being a lover of the Sun and Sea her passion for nature, culture and travel expresses itself through her incredible and viberent creations.
We would love to host any community focused, friendly travellers, artisans and grafters
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
I love to have fun and connect with the greater community, sometimes its over some hard work but its always rewarded with some kind of adventure. I am a burner, loving the arts and all things eccentric. It's not uncommon to find us working on a flame thrower or death defying rope swing.
If you love hiking, beach combing and the outdoors there's plenty of places to discover both on and off the property in the far north. Public transport is non existent up here so to make the most of the area its best to have your own vehicle. There is a few Transport options for those looking to return to one of the cities - the Intercity Bus terminal and Bay of Islands airport are both a very short drive from my land.
When 2020 presented the world with lemons here at Neverland we decided to make margaritas.
Our winter crew was amazing - we built a workshop, created art, feasted like kings and now we are looking to do it all again.
Next hosting periods will be from Dec 20 through into March 21.
With the international lockdowns we are stepping up to save our friend's wedding, We are looking for crews to help out on the land as we prepare and continue to transform these lands into a whimsical venue. This will involve lots of gardening, weeding, prepping flower beds, watering and general permaculture practices (we love to teach and learn). It's not all work, We also love to enjoy the summer and will drop tools to explore beach's , hit festivals or host friends and family for evenings spent dancing under the stars. We are in the final stages of fitting out another dwelling on the land so, keeping as busy as we do ideally you will be independent and easygoing. We appreciate the flexibility, over summer it can get to hot in the midday sun so we often are out in the mornings/evenings working on projects then enjoying our own private waterhole through the heat of the day.
We are always looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives. More than half of our land is covenant forrest (Protected native bush). This requires us to help remove invasive species (such as Gorse, taiwan cherry and wild ginger) whilst propagating and planting natives throughout.
We are in the early stages of building a food forrest so those with knowledge in permaculture are encouraged to join us.
Currently building a workshop/art studio and additional dwellings so any construction trade experience welcomed.
The land lends itself to the Artists, the passionate culinary wizards and creative minds. Traveling can be limiting, not having access to a studio or gear, we love to support your art forms and you will find everything you need in this space to create.
There is Three rooms to choose from inside our main villa. The Red room, featuring a large whimsical space suited to the writer, musician or couple. The white room catches the warm morning light, with access to an outdoor bath overlooking the land you are welcome to fill up the tub for ultimate relaxation of the senses.
The massive jungle room is filled with soft light filtered by the canopy that surrounds it's windows, it's a favourable choice by those who love to few extra zzzz's in the morning.
The house has 3 toilets and large flowing design.
Kerikeri is rather quiet over winter, lucky winter doesn't last more then a few months up here in Northland.
We love to have fun and connect with the greater community, sometimes its over some hard work but its always rewarded with some kind of adventure. I am a burner, loving the arts and all things eccentric. It's not uncommon to find us working on a flame thrower or death defying rope swing.
If you love hiking, beach combing and the outdoors there's plenty of places to discover both on and off the property in the far north. Public transport is non existent up here so to make the most of the area its best to have your own vehicle.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
WiFi is solid, unlimited and available to work awayers. phone signals can be weak around the house depending on the service provider.
Have a electrical hookup for campers and currently working on building an ablution block.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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