Join our family around the house and in the garden in Canterbury, New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • Description


    We are originally from the UK and the Netherlands and have been in NZ for 9 years. We have just moved to Leithfield and had our baby girl Josie in July 2020.

    We have a one-bedroom apartment above our garage with lounge, bathroom and kitchen available to an individual or couple in return for some help in the house and garden (approx. 12 hours per person per week). A car would be beneficial for yourself to get around the area, but not needed, as there's some lovely walks here too (along the river to the beach).

    We also have our cat Otis, who loves cuddles. For anyone with a cat allergy, he doesn't actually come into the flat so you should be absolutely ok.

    You have your own private place to stay and facilities to make dinner, but we look forward to many chats and possibly the occasional dinner together :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a warm welcome and a different perspective to NZ, as we immigrated here 9 years ago. We have lots of knowledge in that sense, if anyone is considering the same. The area is beautiful if you like nature and peace and yet it's only a 30 to 40 minute drive to Christchurch, 15 minutes to Waipara or a bit more than an hour to Hanmer Springs, if you wanted to explore the region.

  • Help


    We would love help in the garden, such as getting rid of weeds and planting vegetables. There's some branches that need cutting back and some general tidying that can be done, as we have about 2,000 sqm.

    If anyone is handy, there would be some small projects to do too, such as replacing a few boards of the deck, sanding and varnishing/staining deck and furniture, fixing the compost heap.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • Accommodation


    Self-contained flat above garage with one bedroom, bathroom and open lounge/kitchen area. Furniture is fairly minimal as we have just moved in, but has king bed, couch, camping table as dining table, fridge/freezer, oven/stove and pots and pans etc.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have unlimited WiFi and the connection is reasonable in the flat (router is in the main house). Our last workaways were able to watch Netflix etc.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large parking area at the front of our house, but you can stay in our separate one-bedroom flat.

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    Hours expected

    12 hours per person per week (3 x 4 hour days perhaps?)

Host ref number: 439529841489