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Our small farm is just south of Timaru on the east coast of the beautiful South Island, New Zealand. Timaru is a small city with a safe beach called Caroline Bay.
On the farm we have a few cattle and lease some land out to some girls to use for their for horses.
There is a large vegetable and fruit garden and we like to eat fresh from our garden as much as possible over the summer season. We grow our garden mostly by organic methods and try to preserve as much as we can of our produce for off season use.
We feel like our home is a little piece of paradise.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesGardeningDIY and building projectsFarmstay helpGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We have travelled to and lived in several different countries and we have always preferred to live locally rather than as a tourist. If you stay with us you will live local and learn what it is like to be a kiwi!
Overseas we did voluntary work for others and since returning home we have been grateful to have some help to get our property back in shape. Sadly Brent passed away in August 2022 after a brief battle with cancer and although our son has moved home to support me I will be needing more help to keep things maintained.
Specific helpers needed over the next few months include:
I could use a couple of energetic strong people to help with moving hay bales to make room for the next harvest; help with trimming and tidying up trees and overgrown garden areas; moving and stacking firewood etc.
If you have practical skills or experience with building, painting, etc then we would love to have you work alongside us on some of our maintenance projects. We'd like to create a mosaic path through our vege patch - if you've done something like this before we'd love your help.
Help is always appreciated with tidying up gardens and general yardwork - so if you are an enthusiastic gardener get in touch with us.
If you can use equipment such as chainsaw, brushcutter and lawnmower that would be useful to us. Ideally we would like someone who can work independently with some of the tasks.
We would also love to learn how to cook some of your local dishes. If you have practical skills and are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside us you will fit right in!
Please refer to our calendar for availability.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Accommodation is a double or single bedroom with separate shower and toilet facilities. We are a non-smoking household.
What else ...
We have several nice tracks close to our home which can be explored on foot or or take one of our bikes, and it is a just ten minute bike ride to the coastal tracks and/or scenic reserves, another 10 minutes will get you into city centre and to the lovely swimming beach at Caroline Bay. Dunedin, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Tekapo and the beautiful southern lakes are within 2-3 hours drive and are options for a good day trip from here if you have a vehicle.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
We can host self contained units only on our small farm.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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thank you for having so warmly welcomed and hosted me in your home! I really enjoyed the 10 days with you and I will always remember this time with a lot of happiness. I loved your beautiful garden, the nature around and the cozy place under the tree. I will miss the outstanding culinary art of Nicki, your wonderful family
We had a great time with you.
Thank you for all your tips too. :wink:
We hope to see you again maybe in a few months, when we are near to Timaru back.
The flood at the beginning was definitely an unusual start but we were glad that we could help Nicki to get along with it. Despite of that both of them made sure that we felt welcome from the very first day on. They involved us in their family life so we got to know all of them pretty fast (They are very lovely
it was wonderful because i had found Nicki and Brent who live in the town where i wanted to work, was magic. Subsequently they gave me all help i had needed to find a nice place in Timaru. so
It was our first WorkAway in new-zealand and it was perfect to discover the kiwi culture with them.
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