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

  • New Zealand
  • Favourited 313 times
  • Last activity: 29/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    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 opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    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. 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.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    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


    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 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

    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?


  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 479113843851

Feedback (16)



These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (5.0)

Communication: (5.0)

Permaculture homestead, Eco Village on Waiheke Island, NZ
Enjoy staying at our family home on remote, magical & sustainable Great Barrier Island, NZ