Help us develop our pony park and native forest in New Zealand


New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Hi team,

    We love having visitors, but we can't actually afford to feed or shower you. We'll open up our listing again when things are looking more positive for us.

    ABOUT US...

    We're a family of four (mum, dad, two boys--6&1) finally living our dream on a 9.5 acre lifestyle block 10mins north of Dunedin.

    We have dreams of developing a fun park based around a native forest we've started planting and the ponies (not for adult riding, sorry) and other animals we have here.

    Dad (Lindsay) is a security & fire alarm technician.

    Mum (Debbie) is an author when she can carve out the time around taking care of the kids, animals, house and property, as well as her part-time job. If Debbie can write while you're here, she'll be forever grateful... you might even get into the acknowledgements of a book!

    We just moved in at the start of 2016, so we're learning as we go...


    Dunedin is an awesome little city with heaps of beaches, stunning scenery, awesome street art, and beautiful buildings. Our home is situated 10 minutes north of Dunedin in a small community called Waitati. Warrington, Waitati, & Doctors Point beaches are all a short drive or long walks away. A monthly market is held in Waitati on the first Sunday of each month. Dunedin has a weekly farmers market.


    We can offer WiFi, showers (we appreciate water and electricity conservation), food (including homemade sourdough bread), company, loud children, and hopefully some laughter.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We're a pretty regular Kiwi family. We'll point you in the direction of great things to see and do around Dunedin. We'll share our love of music and stories (we love sharing NZ music and movies/TV).

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Help with any/all (if couple) of the following would be appreciated:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ child care (to free mum up so she can work, study, or write)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ general household help -- dishes, vacuuming, cleaning, cooking dinner
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ help with horses -- feeding, watering, some tidying up after (it's winter, so we're only focusing on key areas)

    Potter away during the week, and get out and do your own thing. Be prepared to get stuck in during weekends, and be rewarded with a fabulous Sunday dinner made by Nanma (grandmother)--NB: this may not always be possible with a couple due to transport.

    If you've got carpentry skills, you're welcome! Debbie's got a few shelves she'd love to go in.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a spare room in our house that can fit a Queen bed, a double bed, and two singles.
    We only take up to two people at a time at the moment as we can't afford to feed more than that.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our vehicles fit 5 people total. So transport options can be limited. Rides into town and home can be coordinated with Lindsay going to work or Debbie taking Josh to school.
    Having your own transport is beneficial.
    You're welcome to play your music while you work, but you may have to put up with ours, too.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Up to 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Host ref number: 319865362268