Join an international family on a lifestyle property with an organic garden, horses, chickens and more near Christchurch, New Zealand


New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are located in rural New Zealand 40 minutes drive outside of Christchurch on the South Island. Our lifestyle property has an organic garden, orchard, horses and ponies, cattle, cats, and chickens. We are an international family of four, with two almost teenage children. My husband comes from Germany and I come from the USA, living here for more than 20 years. We are an active family and love all that New Zealand has to offer right on our doorstep. We are developing a horse riding program based on natural horsemanship and natural horse care and would like to extend our food production. We are also a world leader in barefoot hoofcare and host education and training. We are developing this via social media with a focus on marketing, which includes filming, video making and editing.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a unique experience with keeping horses the natural, organic way, without horseshoes, and growing organic food to eat. We speak English, German and a bit of Spanish. We love languages and other cultures.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Work varies throughout the seasons. Depending on when you arrive, we may be making hay, adding on to the veggie patch, building a shed or glasshouse, harvesting and storing fruit and vegetables, planting out in the garden. Throughout the year, there is always maintenance in the garden, yardwork, and with the animals. If you have particular skills with a video camera/ film editing, power tools, horses/ponies, or knowledge of growing food, please let us know!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Modern powered caravan with a queen bed and two single beds that could convert to a queen. Housing for up to four friends. Access to the house for showers, meals, and conversation. We eat a variety of food including meat but are happy to cater for different eating styles like vegetarian, vegan, gluten free. Please ask if you are paleo/low-carb as this tends to be a bit more expensive for us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are close to the major city of Christchurch with Christchurch International Airport 40 minutes away. Also nearby, are the towns of Rangiora (15 kms away) and Oxford (10 kms away). The growing Cust Township is a few kilometers walk with a cafe, pub and gift shop. The ocean is 20 minutes away. Mountains are 45-60 minutes drive. Tramping/hiking in native bush, surfing, swimming in rivers and ocean, mountain biking, rock climbing, horse riding, and may other outdoor pursuits are available. Public transport is decent into the city but a car would be desirable to go into the natural areas.

  • 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

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Host ref number: 364764772984