Come and see what family life on a farm is all about. Waipukurau, New Zealand


New Zealand

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    We live on a 960ha sheep and beef farm, running 5500 sheep and around 1000 cattle. WE are coming into a busy time of year so looking for a keen person to help with extra stuff on the farm, mainly docking.
    I have a horse that I hunt and welcome experienced riders who can take him for a ride over the farm. Sam and I have three boys aged 14, 12 and 8. Mad keen on motorbikes! Water skiing another pastime we all enjoy. Our house is a large homestead and we have a tennis court - always keen for more tennis players. We also have a swimming pool which is a must in our warm climate. I travel a bit so it is great to have someone around who can help in the garden and with the odd dinner when I am not here. We try and mix it up with different things to do, can be painting, firewood or helping with projects. Some who have had farm experience help Sam with tractor driving etc. We try and keep things interesting and it has been great having backpackers who have come back to stay a few times. We have a philosophy of work hard play hard! We are 35 minutes drive from the beach and the ruahine mountains are the same distance away, a great place for tramping.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be fully immersed in our day to day living which is busy but great fun. Come and see what NZ life on a farm is all about.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Currently farming with sheep work. otherwise some gardening, helping with kids, sometimes in the morning if I am away overnight and dinner. Not very often but does happen. Can be doing firewood or painting buildings. Keeping a horse fit - but experienced riders only for that. Depending on experience there are opportunities to drive tractors etc on the farm.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a queen sized bed in a room attached to the house. Sharing a bathroom with the boys (one is at boarding school during the week).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The beach is 35 minutes away, good surfing and surf casting for fish. Those keen on tramping the ruahine ranges is a wonderful place to go and there are good doc huts to stay in. In Summer we enjoy water skiing on a nearby lake.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 467253182396