We are a couple with a home in Mt Eden and an eco cottage and conservation area on the West coast near Piha on the Anawhata Rd. We are involved in environmental restoration, track formation, tree planting, gardening and general maintenance. The 2 sites give volunteers the chance to explore central Auckland and to walk among the beaches and bush of the West Coast in their time off.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Our helpers would experience staying in an eco cottage above the beautiful Whites Beach with the opportunity to explore the Waitakeres and west coast beaches. they would learn about New Zealand environmental issues and the systems involved in running an energy sustainable cottage. We are well traveled and happy to discuss their ongoing travel plans.
We eat well.. growing many of our vegetables.
They could also use our Mt Eden home as a base for exploring Auckland and the gulf islands.
Volunteers need to enjoy the outdoors, have some outdoor skills and be competent at least with an ax and spade. Likely tasks include helping with track building, wood chopping, maintaining plantings of native trees as well as some general maintenance such as painting. So strength and fitness are needed to make a happy fit between work and worker! Please tell us what experience you have with this kind of labour. We do need some muscle!
We can accommodate 1 volunteers for between 4 days and a week. (approximately.)
In Mt Eden we provide 1 double bedroom, a single bedroom and a private bathroom. There is also a separate sitting room. This is sometimes used for other guests.
On the coast there is one double bedroom and a sleep out.
Our home is a non smoking area.
In the city there is excellent local transport and all the sites of Auckland a walk or short bus trip away. We are also on the airport bus route.
Our cottage is an hour from the CBD and there is wonderful walking and swimming from the door.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week