Help us develop our place for self discovery and a deep connection with nature in Waipu, New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • Description


    Hi and welcome to our eco project. We are establishing this place at Waipu Caves - a supportive refuge for self discovery and healing through a deep connection with nature.

    Set amongst the majestic limestone formations and sacred underground passageways of Te Ana Waipu (Waipu Caves), the property rests on 14 hectares of native bush and pasture. The huge limestone cave system covers some four square kilometres and is home to millions of glow worms adorning the cavernous ceilings and freshwater koura in the chilly Pools below. There are swimming holes surrounded by native trees in the river a short walk away. The beautiful beaches of Bream Bay are just 15 minutes away!

    We are making our vision a reality - and we need your help.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are setting this property up from scratch. You will have a great opportunity to gain all sorts of very practical skills including building, gardening, vegetarian/vegan cooking, fencing and track making. You are welcome to join us for morning yoga or find a quiet place for your own contemplation. We set out to have a lot of fun!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    In the past year we have built a small cottage and put a roof over two containers. We are completely off grid and have our own spring water supply. Over the coming summer months we will complete the work we have started and establish more infrastructure about the property.

    There are a multitude of different task we need help with and your help would be greatly appreciated. Our current projects include:

    • Upgrading our water system
    • Upgrading toilets and showers
    • Pruning trees
    • Earth bag building
    • Gardening
    • And more…..

    This is a great opportunity to learn new skills. Alistair and Caroline have hosted many working holiday travelers over the years and have lots of skills and experience to share.

    We look forward to meeting you.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Maori: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Caroline is fluent in German, French and English. Alistair speaks English and a little te reo.

  • Accommodation


    You will enjoy staying in our converted 1950 Ford Bus that provides your own hideaway with space to relax and work. It is connected to our solar power system and has it's own shower, kitchenette, fridge etc.

    Basic food supplies will be provided for your breakfast and supper. We generally share the cooking for a main meal early afternoon. Please bring your own snacks, super foods and personal dietary requirements.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a magical place with caves and walks close by and beaches a short drive away and lots to explore. It is good to have your own car to get out and about. We are 13km from the nearest shop at Waipu township. It's another 10km or so for surfing. Whangarei is the nearest city 19km away.

  • 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 can offer accommodation in our converted 1950 Ford Bus that provides your own hideaway with space to work.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You are very welcome to come and stay with your own vehicle. There is plenty of parking and we can hook you up to our solar power system as necessary

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes but by prior negotiation and a trial period. Any pets must be cat and dog and horse friendly; also chicken and dove friendly.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days per week

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