Living and helping in a small, friendly rural community in Murchison, Nelson Tasman District, New Zealand


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  • Description


    We operate a small backpackers hostel in Murchison, also a restaurant/pizzeria.
    We (Phil & Ali) came to Murchison 10 years ago, and are very happily settled in this wonderful rural town.
    The hostel has a very good reputation as a warm, friendly and inviting place to stay. With only 18 beds when full, it's more like a large family home.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers with a desire to work in the hospitality business will see many aspects of the industry here in our hostel, whilst enjoying the benefits of living in a small rural community. We are situated right on the edge of the beautiful Kahurangi National Park with lots of beautiful hikes and bakeries within close proximity.

  • 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


    As a workawayer you will be asked to help out in a variety of ways.... reception, cleaning, maintenance and feeding the 5 chickens, 3 cats and 5 lambs, soon to be sheep!
    If you have any particular skills, we'll see what we can do to give you an opportunity to show off your talent!
    We generally ask for 3 hours per day 5 days per week, these hours will differ daily, mainly morning maintenance & cleaning/gardening duties.
    20 hours/week- to include dinner, additional hours may be worked in our restaurant.

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  • Accommodation


    You will be staying in a 4-bed shared room. In the hostel, there's a big TV, heaps of DVD's to watch, free WiFi, free laundry facilities, bikes, golf clubs, tennis rackets, fishing rods and more available.
    Our Pizzeria is open (seasonally), if you want to work more hours (paid, IRD number/work visa required).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many short walks within the immediate township.
    Murchison is situated 120km south of Nelson, and just 40 minute drive to Nelson Lakes National Park. Westport (the gateway town to to the West Coast) is 100km to the west.
    The bus stop is just across the road from our hostel making it easily reachable for those using public transport. Murchison is a great place to relax, catch up with your studies, or maybe read that book that you've been meaning to read for so long!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    15 hours/week- only breakfast included

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Host ref number: 322238218782