Come and stay on a beautiful New Zealand island and help show our garden some much needed love 💗


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are a couple of travel junkies who live on Kawau Island, just north of Auckland in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

    We love the island for its peace and serenity, the great bush walks, the seas surrounding, the native bird life and small community feel.

    We tend to get distracted easily so weekends that were planned for sorting out the garden often end up being spent lazing about on the deck with a good book and a glass of wine.

    So...we need help with our garden, mainly weeding, pruning and more weeding. Nothing too onerous. Ok maybe making pizza on the BBQ or fresh pasta as we like to cook. We also have a small sleepout that needs to be painted

    Please note Kawau Island is close to Auckland (about an hour by car and then it takes around twenty minutes in our boat or on a water taxi). However, it does not have much in the way of infrastructure which is why we like it so much. There are no shops, banks, or anything very much except lots of nature, beaches and sea and some very nice locals.

    About ten minutes in a canoe or small inflatable boat across the bay from our wharf will bring you to the Kawau Boat Club; a lovely bar and bistro restaurant (their Kawau Burgers are legendary!)

    We can accommodate one person or a couple and would love to hear from you if you like the sound of our wee island.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you love nature, birdlife and living in a small community on an island then Kawau Island is for you. It is only an hour's drive from Auckland and then a short boat trip.
    You will have the use of a canoe or small inflatable dinghy if you want to explore the island from the sea and there are some excellent walking tracks right at our door. We can take you fishing if you want.

  • Help


    Anyone who enjoys gardening in a beautiful environment. Most of the work is weeding, trimming trees or bushes and basically tidying up our section. If it is the end of Summer we will arm you with a chainsaw so you can help get our Winter firewood in!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Italian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Small but cute indendent cottage behind our house, with a simple kitchen or you can use the BBQ (with views over the Bay) or our larger kitchen.

    If we are there we will provide meals or leave you with enough food for the week. We usually have fresh salad greens growing for you to help yourself to.

    You can also canoe or row across the small bay to the Boat Club where there is an excellent bar and bistro and very friendly locals.

    If you want to hang out with us whilst we are there that is great and we would welcome the opportunity to show you the island. However if you just want to chill on your own then that is fine too. This was a weekend house for us until covid came along and after the first lockdown here, we decided to make it our permanent home.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is plenty to do on Kawau Island from walks, to canoeing around the various bays or visiting the Kawau Boat Club just a short trip across the bay by canoe, about ten minutes.
    The water taxis run regularly if you want to got the mainland and we have fishing gear if you want to try your hand at catching your dinner.
    There are some lovely beaches close to us for swimming also.

  • A little more information

    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 work from home - me full time and Pippa part time. We have satellite internet to ensure reliability.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 453684711632