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Come and help us around our beautiful garden in Dunedin, New Zealand

  • New Zealand
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  • Last activity: 28 May 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    Hi everybody -
    We are developing a permaculture garden and orchard.
    At the moment we are terracing the large part of the section with brick walls and steps built with whatever recycled materials come to hand - a very long term project which needs constant help from our wonderful helpers.
    Another job that we are hoping to get help with is building a small shed out of pallets - so any of you crafty carpenter types out there would be especially welcome.
    We are also developing a fernery and planting out native hedges - so there are fantails and keruru in abundance.

    Though the development is sometimes hard work, it`s creative and fun. We are getting there but we could do with a bit of help from strong fit people whose knees can handle walking up and down a steep garden.
    We also have work repairing and painting garden furniture and deck etc.
    We prefer hosting a couple or 2 friends who are keen gardeners to help with garden maintenance. We also have a couple of hard-landscaping projects involving path construction and maintenance. We would like people who are able to work with minimal supervision, who take pride in their work and want to do a job well, who are self-motivated, have initiative and don’t mind getting their hands dirty.

    We ask for approximately 20 hours work per week (4 hours per day for 5 days - two days free) - sometimes less if the work is a bit harder - in return for comfortable accommodation and good vegan food.

    Just a note on winter help - It gets very cold in Dunedin in winter - but the garden projects must go on - so only hardy people who don't mind warming up with some garden labour should apply. Only the rain and snow stop us! And we are of the opinion that there is no such thing as bad weather but only bad clothing. We find working in the garden in the winter invigorating so if you do too - this is the place for you.

    We DON`T take smokers sorry. Also I have to add that we prefer people who love gardens and nature - Our place is not really a drinking, partying sort of place.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have travelled as a volunteers and enjoy every cultural exchange and know what to offer travellers who come to help us

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We need healthy, fit, active people to help with the projects in a steep , beautiful, garden.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Comfortable accommodation - one double bedroom (with a beautiful view) and a single bedroom. Healthy, nutritious , mostly organic, vegetarian food 3 meals a day in exchange for approximately 20 hours a week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are lots of great walks around the area, and buses to town are regular.
    There are plenty of places to explore in gorgeous Dunedin and its environs.
    St. Clair is a beautiful surf beach - there are always surfers in the sea from dawn till dusk - all weathers and seasons.
    (there is a surf board and a wetsuit available to helpers)
    Just walking on the beach is wonderfully relaxing.
    Also within easy walking distance is wonderful Tunnel Beach.
    The city is a 10 minute bus ride away.

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 357576377989

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