Learn about conservation, helping on our farm near Methven, New Zealand


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are a large farm in the mountains of Canterbury,close to Mt Hutt ski area and the Rakaia River. We farm sheep and cattle.
    The work we would like help with is based around the homestead and includes gardening, planting trees and general maintenance work. It is hard physical work.
    We also have a project creating a recreational and conservation area in the nearby Rakaia Gorge. This also involves hard physical work and includes track creation, weed control
    and planting.
    This is a busy property with a lot going on and people passing through.
    We are a 20 minutes drive from the nearest shop so best to have own transportation if staying for over a week.
    The helping times can be flexible.
    There is plenty to do if you like the outdoors. Hiking, biking, skiing ,swimming and horse riding if you are an experienced rider.
    We are a conservation minded family aiming to integrate farming with sustainability. Not an easy task.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a welcoming family with good opportunity to discuss sustainability in a farming context. It is a good opportunity to learn about conservation in N Z.

  • Help


    The help is hard physical work and may include using power tools and weed sprays. There is a large vegetable garden and garden as well as planting native trees and removing large tree weeds.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Workawayers will stay in the family house in their own bedroom. It is comfortable and a pleasant environment to be in.
    Generally your food will be cooked for you unless we have gone out in which case we will supply food but you will need to cook.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our area has spectacular scenery with plenty of outdoor attractions. The nearest town Methven is a small ski resort with a movie theatre and many restaurants and bars.
    We are not vegetarians so if you do not like meat there will be vegetables accompanying the meals and always toast around.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

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

Place we are building track
Brush our pet dog
House and Pool
Property is between the mountain and the big river
Looking up to Mt Hutt Snow Resort

Host ref number: 361344342494