Come and stay in an iconic Nelson historic building with interesting stories and history. New Zealand.


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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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    1.Gardener required preferably male with experience. Min age 24.
    Flexible times.Start date 6/December.Duration 2-3 weeks.
    2.House keeping Position available Early January.
    We require a person (preferably female)with hospitality experience,minimum age 24 years.
    Help includes room reset and cleaning, guest check in , gardening , helping with guest breakfasts,help in the house.
    Shared or own room .We prefer a 1-2 month stay.

    We are a beautiful historic seven room Bed and Breakfast in a nice quiet area, 5 minutes riverside walk down to central Nelson City.
    Nelson city is probably the most attractive of all the smaller cities in New Zealand and has a lovely sunny climate all year around. - Lots of great hikes on our doorstep.(Jupe our dog loves these too).The city is full of great cafes, restaurants, gardens and art galleries. - The beach is 20 mins. cycle .

    We have been hosting work exchangers for 10 years now ( and still have contact with our first work awayer, from Ireland)
    In Summer we generally have 2-3 work exchangers, Winter 1-2.

    This is a family business, run by Nick and Jenny .We have three children who have left home now and are studying and working in N.Z. and abroad.

    Marceliene from Holland will be our co manager over the Summer period and will live on site. You will be working as a team with her and other work exchangers .She will coordinate the daily tasks. We live 20 minutes away and work at the House in the weekends.

    Jupe our dog is very friendly and active. He loves to walk/run.
    We are very active and like, MTB, paddle boarding, golf, hiking, skiing and enjoying nature.
    We are positively engaged in bettering our life balance through ,exercise, yoga, good diet, lowering our carbon footprint and living life more simply.
    We are social and enjoy interacting with workawayers but also like our down time.
    Jenny is a keen watercolourist and will share a few tips if you are interested.
    There are many areas in the house to enjoy and if there is an idea for adventure count us in!

    We include workawayers when ever suitable and have many contacts in Nelson .
    We provide workawayers with a room , private shower, free internet, cooking, socialising and eating area and have spare bikes.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Being in an iconic Nelson historic building with interesting stories and history.(known as the Castle)
    What's involved in running a hospitality business.all aspects from check ins ,room cleaning,re-setting,laundry,internet management, task co-ordination.
    Meeting a range of guests.
    Owned by a local kiwi family.
    Doggy love.
    Local hikes, mountain biking, beach time, hiking Abel Tasman. Kite boarding.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    The help we need is helping with resetting rooms, cleaning rooms and bathrooms , Restocking coffee,teas
    Help with breakfast
    Hours are 9:30/10:00 to 12:30 .You are free in afternoons and evenings.
    Occasionally we might ask you to swap the morning hours for an afternoon, to help with guests checking in .

    Because it takes a little while to get to know our different rooms and systems, we do like work exchangers to stay 1 month if possible longer Some stay 3 months.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, some French

  • Accommodation


    shared or separate workawayer room own shower /toilet.
    Free WIFI. - use of kitchen and a separate fridge.
    Bicycles available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Nice warm sunny location, 5 minutes walk from Nelson city, many nearby parks and lovely walks. - Beach 10-15minutes cycle.Abel Tasman 1 hour away.Excellent MTB 10 mins away.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    2.5 hours/day, 6 days a week.

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