Come and join our remote Kiwi experience in Pelorus Sounds, New Zealand


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    Unfortunately the situation at the moment means we have to reduce hours and we are not taking any workawayers till the new season in October.

    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 general help with the garden and housekeeping, laundry, washing up etc although it is usually weather dependent, so when its wet it is indoor and when its dry it is in the garden. We have our paid staff for the season now so we are only looking for workawayers for March and April. 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.

    If this sounds like your kind of place, please get in touch :)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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).

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

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    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. 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 experience as part of our desire to meet and help travelers from other countries and cultures.

    BUT because we are remote access, it is difficult to keep fresh food, 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 even if you can cook your own meals, with our situation here, we just cannot cater to special diets( sorry ).

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    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    We have bunk houses with their own showers and kitchen facilities which are shared by 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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 and cost to reach us. Wherever you are traveling from you will have to plan for an overnight in Havelock in order to catch the Pelorus Mailboat at 10:00am the next morning. The Mailboat trip is $45 each way. But if you love nature, walking, fishing and all things peaceful, it is worth the trip.

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    • 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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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