Help on a small farm on the east coast of the beautiful South Island, New Zealand


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    We are a couple living on a small farm 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 opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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!

  • Help


    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.

    Specific helpers needed over the next few months include:

    Aquaponics expertise and experience - we have begun construction of a small aquaponics system inside a greenhouse but would value the input of people who have experience in hydroponics and aquaponics as we get the system going.

    Carpentry or building skills, concreting or tiling experience for several projects

    Help is always appreciated during the summer with tidying up gardens and may include control of larger weeds in the paddocks. We try not to use too many sprays but sometimes need to spray thistles etc in the paddocks and this may be something you could help with. If you can use equipment such as chainsaw, brushcutter and lawnmower we'd like to hear from you. Ideally we would like someone who can work independently to just get on with what needs to be done.

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is a double or single bedroom with separate shower and toilet facilities. We are a non-smoking household.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have several nice tracks close to our home which can be explored on foot or bicycle (available for loan) 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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can host self contained units only on our small farm.

  • 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

The green paddocks are our little farm viewed from the top of the hill. House to the far left behind the trees.
That's our home viewed from a local walkway which runs along the edge of the town.
A short cycle ride to the closest beach. This one's not for swimming but a little further on is a safe sandy beach (Caroline Bay) with cafes nearby. Be warned: our sea water is always cold!
The view from our front deck looking towards town. This is a great place for our morning coffee.
A couple of locals in our garden
Brent and Nicki - this photo taken on a visit to Mount Cook region which is about 2 hours away. Brent loves fishing and would be love to take you salmon fishing in the high country area.

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