Kia ora! We are building and upkeeping new gardens which includes digging and shifting soil, planting, mulching and using a weedeater. We need helpers who have this experience and can work independently and able to use their own initiative. You would need to enjoy the outdoors, not put off by a little rain or cold weather.
Our near new family home in magical Mangawhai has wide rural valley views and is a 7min drive to pristine beaches and 4 mins to the village centre. The lifestyle property sits north facing on three acres and is home to my partner, myself and our fun loving four year old. We have made some wonderful friendships with our helpers and really enjoy hosting international guests.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We would be happy to exchange our knowledge of Te Ao Māori, the Māori language, songs and customs. Please just ask, I am of Māori descent and our family very much enjoy sharing!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Most of the time, we will need helpers who can work independently in the garden, but for other helpers we may need cooking, cleaning and child care skills during school holiday times.
We can offer a luxury room with king size bed when it is available, with an ensuite, a Smart TV, free wifi, your own entrance and table that provides you with privacy and relaxation.
If this room is taken, we also have a lovely queen size bedroom with a shared bathroom.
We also have 3 acres that would be suitable to park a van or motorhome should you prefer this mode of accommodation and we would be happy to negotiate different hours.
We ask for 5 hours work per person per day, 5 days a week, for 3 meals a day and accommodation.
Our helpers have enjoyed working a couple of hours in the morning then later in the day (or something similar), so they can make the most of the beautiful valley views and beaches.
We can accommodate a couple or single person who will look after our room, keeping it clean for our on-season guests.
Mangawhai stole our hearts with it's swimming and surf beaches as well as the warm-hearted community spirit. You might like to visit the local markets, cafes, vineyards, and give in to the allure of the chocolate factory and restaurants! For the young hearted there are adventures to be had at the new playground and skatepark and so much more for all to experience including scenic bush walks and waterfalls.
At home we are busy parents, both musicians and teach songwriting from the University of Auckland and at home. We enjoy good conversation and food, we also appreciate those who help out with dishes. Our boy loves to get to know our helpers and kick a ball around!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week.