Life on the Hautere Plains; Kapiti/Horowhenua. New Zealand


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  • Description


    Te Horo is rural area of outstanding natural beauty north of Kapiti. Our property is 5 hectares of paddocks & totara forest. Also potagers, fruit trees, our farmhouse and an upmarket gite in a barn which provides very private accommodation for our guest workers.

    Work here is garden and garden maintenance oriented.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our experience has been that the helpers who choose to come here are very interested in gardens, potagers, herbs, fruit trees, shelter belt formation etc and landscaping. And lifestyle choices. We have had some wonderful and unexpectedly creative work done here on our property by memorable Swedish, French, German and Canadian helpers... among many people from other countries too. We have also hosted some talented equine enthusiasts.

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    Garden projects here are seasonal and include planting out seedlings weeding & mulching. Also pruning, hedge trimming & more weeding!

    We have approximately an acre of potagers, herb gardens, wild fields and fruit trees spread over several acres of lawns and totara forest.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English & a smidge of French & German

  • Accommodation


    Our gite is a lovely, sun-filled apartment comprising the western end of a large atelier and is for the exclusive use of our farm workers. It has two bedrooms (1 double and 1 single), a big bathroom, a very large kitchen/diner/lounge, and a sunroom (with woodburner for winter). The kitchen is modern and well equipped. The gite has it's own private outside area with lawn, potager, chook-run, clothesline etc.

    You are expected to be independent and provide and prepare your own meals. However the gite kitchen is stocked with breakfast supplies including tea, coffee etc; and basic ingredients like flour, sugar, oils etc are available in the pantry. You are welcome to use the potager produce; lots of herbs, spinach and greens: and to collect eggs from the chook run. In season there's an abundance of fruit - plums, pears, figs and feijoas; and citrus fruits.

    As we fatten pigs the freezer always contains some frozen organic pork!

    Work hours, produce supply & length of stay are all negotiable.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As we are a rural property usually our helpers have their own transport. This enables you to sight see and to shop for food supplies. Two local towns - Waikanae to the south and Otaki to the north are approximately 10 kms away. Each has a great range of supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and other shops. There are some beautiful places to visit in this region: Otaki river estuary, Otaki Forks wilderness, the Paekakariki Escarpment walk... a Lavender farm, Rose farm and the publicly owned Whareroa Farm.

    Waikanae is linked into the Wellington metro train system and both Waikanae and Otaki are on bus routes so it is possible to organise pickups from these points.

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    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

    3.5 hours / 5 days a week

Host ref number: 391966152837