Help out on our lifestyle block in the Hunua Ranges, New Zealand

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello, Martin and I would love you to join us on our life style block. I work from home and Martin works for a building company. We are located in Hunua, South Auckland. In good traffic, we are 40 minutes from Auckland Airport. We breed Highland Cattle and Suffolk Sheep on 80 acres. We also have chickens and a Labrador.
    Our life style block is a very scenic piece of land that has small patches of bush, pine trees, mini water falls, rolling hills and wonderful views out to the Hunua Ranges. It takes 15 minutes (max) to get to the nearest town (Papakura) where there are shops and train/bus links. A shorter drive in the other direction gets you to Hunua Village and the Hunua Ranges where there are walking tracks and a magnificent water fall.

    Accommodation...downstairs there are 3 beds (king, double and a single) and a toilet/shower. PLEASE READ ACCOMMODATION UPDATE

    At this stage we require help planting some trees and shrubs around our property but hey, if you like it here we can always find something for you to do.
    NOTE....ALL of the BIG trees have been planted by a wonderful German Workaway couple

    If you love rural life but enjoy being close to civilization then this is the place for you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you like farming life, then we are happy to share our knowledge/experience with you. There is so much you can learn about Highland Cattle, sheep, chicken and dog care!
    We currently have x3 calves that are ready to be "halter trained" / learn how to trust humans. This is my "work" and is very rewarding if you like to see results from your input.

  • Help

    Help

    We have some planting to do in fenced off areas of our property. This means dig a hole and put the plant in the hole. The hole size would need to be about 40cm across and 60cm deep. There are trees, shrubs, flax's etc that need planting. It is perfect conditions for planting at the moment while the ground is soft! We aren't talking "nice" flat garden areas. It is more like planting on the side of a bank, or in a swampy area.
    There are always "other" farm jobs that we can add to the list! Other jobs could involve weed control, property maintenance etc but it would depend on individual strengths/weaknesses
    If someone wanted to be involved in animal care - we can find a job for them that relates to this. It is more a case of "find a job that suits the person"

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a 2 story house with separate bedding/bathroom downstairs for guests.
    I am vegetarian but Martin ISN'T and as we breed Highland Cattle there is always plenty of meat! I am happy to cook both vegetarian food and meat dishes.

    UPDATE.....WE ARE GETTING OUR HOUSE DEMOLISHED in NOVEMBER but...we intend to have "guest accommodation" set up in our BIG shed. This will mean x2 beds (a king and a double bed with curtains as "room" dividers) There will be a chemical toilet outside the shed. Martin and I will be sleeping in a Portacom (Portable Building)
    The set up is more in line with "camping" but at a glamorous level (ie Glamping!)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As mentioned we are only 15 minutes from bus and train links and I/we are happy to work in with our guests plans

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • 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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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