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We run a small Kiwi lodge in a remote part of the Pelorus Sounds. Access to us is by boat only and we have electricity from a generator and we filter water from a creek. Our lodge has four bedrooms and a small restaurant and most of our guests are from New Zealand. Rob is a Kiwi and I am a Scot and we are fairly new to this business having worked in many other countries before settling here in New Zealand. We love meeting new people which is why we have this business, and as travelers ourselves we want to open our lodge to young travelers so that they can experience living 'off grid' in NZ and we can find out more about their experiences.
The help required is weather dependent, so we are looking for people who are flexible and who don't mind trying new things. Examples of what helpers have done so far, are things like upgrading the paths, landscaping, improving some of the facilities, helping with visiting tourists, as well as helping around the house. The rewards are many. The location is perfect if you enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, or swimming. We have seen orca and dolphin our bay as well as rather beautiful stingray. There is also a lot of birdlife. It is just a beautiful and remote part of the world. You have to see it to fully appreciate it.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
During your stay you will meet many different locals. You can take boat trips and learn about mussel farming and logging, or you can walk a bit and learn about sheep farming and possum hunting. Our neighbors have a 300 acre sheep farm that has been in their family for five generations. I (Anne) was also an English teacher in my past life ( (trained to Master's degree level) so I am more than happy to help and advise on learning English. Our last helpers also went fishing in our dinghy using our fishing rods and caught lots of different NZ fish ( not all of them edible).
This host offers accommodation and payment.
The chores are varied throughout the year and are often weather dependent. On sunny days there is plenty of gardening around the private areas of the property and looking after the vegetable garden which is not part of the Lodge. There may also be help needed with new projects like the new house we are building for ourselves. On wet days the inside work is general help cleaning and tidying up. This type of help is in the private areas of the property, is not paid, and is offered to any one regardless of age/experience as part of our desire to meet and help travelers from other countries and cultures.
There is also opportunity for paid work in the Lodge, the restaurant/kitchen and coffee shop, although we generally ask for more longer term ( a minimum of a month preferably six weeks) stays for this, and for helpers who have some experience. We welcome couples and individual travelers and are LGBT friendly.
BUT because we are remote access, it is difficult to get fresh food more than a couple of times a week, so catering for vegetarian and vegan diets is extremely difficult for us. Pescatarian is possible but unfortunately if you are vegan or vegetarian, I would ask you not to message me as I have to say no.
We have bunk houses with their own showers and kitchen facilities for travelers although we do like to have meals together with visiting travelers so that we can chat. In the winter months when the lodge is closed, travelers can choose from any of the available apartments.
As the location is boat access only and we are surrounded by water, you can spend your time off kayaking, fishing, or swimming. There are also walking tracks and some of the most beautiful views in New Zealand. This beauty, nature and quiet comes at a price, namely the time it takes to reach us. Wherever you are traveling from you will have to plan for an overnight in Havelock in order to catch the boat at 10:00am the next morning. But if you love nature, walking, fishing and all things peaceful, it is worth the trip.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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