Experience life with our family on a Sheep & Cattle farm and help with gardening & renovation projects, New Zealand

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, we are a friendly, busy farming family with 3 kids aged 15, 12 & 2 yrs. We farm Sheep & Cattle on our 416 ha of land nestled near the Ruahine Ranges in the Manawatu region of New Zealand. Our family pets are 3 gorgeous Miniature Schnauzers and two fat cats, plus there are 5 working farm dogs - we love our animals!
    We are currently undertaking several projects of landscaping, planting and renovations alongside our busy daily lives working on our farm, tending to animals and running a family. We are looking for a practical, active, easy-going couple or two people travelling together who are willing and able to help us.
    A rich, educational Farmstay experience and lovely, cosy separate accommodation with own ensuite bathroom and all meals will be provided in exchange for your help.
    Close by are glow worm caves, horsetrekking, rafting, cycling and mountain bike tracks. We are located on the Manawatu Scenic Route, not too far from parks, bushwalks, rivers and fishing. Only 2 - 3 hours drive from either Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Taupo. Ruapehu Ski fields and Tongariro Crossing 2 hours away.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will provide as many farm experiences as possible showing how we care for our animals and land in a sustainable way. The possibilities to learn here are endless!
    Our location also provides a great base to travel to many other adventures in your free time (own transport essential).

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for a practical, friendly, active and healthy couple or two people travelling together who are willing and able to help us with planting, gardening and landscaping projects, general work and maintenance. Help may also be needed with painting and renovations we are planning. Ideally, we would love people willing to also assist with farm duties. This would involve working with animals - sheep, cattle, dogs etc. which would provide a rich, educational Farmstay experience.
    Occasionally childcare and household tasks would be required to allow Fiona to work outside of the home. We would expect 4-5 hours per day 5 days per week in exchange for accommodation and meals. If you love to cook this is also something that would be most appreciated!
    If you have a good knowledge of computers/internet and office/filing systems then you may be able to teach us and perhaps help us organise our small home office - often neglected due to busyness elsewhere!
    There is always something to be done on a farm and general help needed on an ongoing basis - so if you think there is something here you would like to do during your travels in New Zealand then please get in touch! We enjoy being hosts, sharing our lives and learning together. Due to our rural location your own transport is essential if you wish to go exploring in your free time.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    For your stay we have lovely, newly refurbished separate accommodation. It is nice & cosy with one queen bed plus set of bunks complete with your own en-suite bathroom. TV/DVD and wifi available. This is close to the main house where you are welcome to share our home, family life and have your meals.
    Help with cooking and cleaning up would be expected and appreciated. If you are vegetarian or vegan please be aware that we are farmers and meat eaters! If you have any special dietary requirements we will endeavour to accommodate this and perhaps learn from you too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is plenty to see and do from here! Our rural location offers peace and tranquility yet is a handy base to travel from, however your own transport is essential. Our nearest main centres are Feilding and Palmerston North which offer bus services, rail and airport.
    Close by are glow worm caves, horsetrekking, rafting, cycling and mountain bike tracks. We are located on the Manawatu Scenic Route, not too far from beaches, parks, bushwalks, rivers and fishing. Only 2 - 3 hours drive from either Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Taupo. Ruapehu Ski fields and Tongariro Crossing 2 hours away.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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







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