UPDATE May 2021
We have availability plus some interesting landscaping projects. We live a quiet, very peaceful rural lifestyle with olive groves, ponds and white swans and surrounded by nature.
Unlimited broadband VDSL wifi
We would welcome a couple or a young man or two young men (the comfortable self-contained apartment sleeps two)
WAIMATE NORTH is in the popular Bay of Islands region, near KERIKERI and PAIHIA (pronounced Pie Here)
Our 3.3 hectares of landscaped "estate" has two olive groves of 140 trees and four large ponds with water lilies and ducks and swamp birds.
There are lots of birds and rabbits, two beautiful white swans and a goose called Eric. Nature surrounds us.
We often raise orphaned small birds.
Our orchard of thirty trees includes 10 avocado trees of four varieties on rich volcanic soil.
Area of lawns and olive groves is 2.2 hectares mown weekly by Graham. Helpers are never asked to use the powerful, diesel mower.
We have developed from farmland a very neat and peaceful corner of rural New Zealand: 200m of handmade rock walls. 200 metres of gravelled driveway and 200 metres of concrete driveway. Thousands of trees. Two olive groves. A dog called Gemma.
We have a large, modern, two-story four-bedroom, four bathroom house.
YOUR GUEST ACCOMMODATION is a modern, self contained, fully equipped UNIT for the use of helpers/guests. (In New Zealand a UNIT is also called a FLAT or a small apartment.)
This 40 square meter UNIT is fully independent and is equipped for comfort: the kitchen is modern with an electric cooktop and microwave oven and a fridge. Freezer space is available to share.
A bedroom within the unit has two new, very comfortable king single beds. Hot shower. Bathroom. Easy car parking alongside the door of the UNIT.
Note ... this unit is very clean, very tidy and very neat (like Noelle)
Please help Graham prune and chip trees and tidy up. Plus odd jobs about the property as Graham broke his back and can only work from his quad bike or electric farm vehicle. Help with a small, rich vegetable garden. Noelle might like some help with housekeeping (eg clean windows with a window vacuum) and also with small gardening tasks in her gardens near the house.
We ask for no more than about three hours a day in winter when the days are short, four hours per day September - June. Five days per week. (For all of 2021 we have changed that to 3 hours per day (not four) but read the next line . . . )
Ask to stay EXTRA DAYS FREE, we will enjoy seeing you enjoy your visit.
IMPORTANT NOTE .... HELPERS/GUESTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORT AND FOOD : the all-electric kitchen has every facility. Yes, Graham sometimes cooks and we all can share a meal together, often alfresco surrounded by gardens and flowers (see note below)
Tea and coffee and milk and basic seasonings are supplied, enough to get you started. Bedding and towels are supplied. Share laundry is available, top loading machine.
This is an excellent handy location for day trips to the North (Doubtless Bay, Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga): to the West (Hokianga Harbour, scenic isolated beaches and giant Kauri trees): East to Paihia, (boat trips, islands, walking tracks and historic Russell.)
For trips to Cape Reinga and to the Hokianga and for trips to Russell our guests take the whole day off and this gives them lots of time for exploring. We like to see them making the most of their stay and enjoy hearing about their adventures when they return. You can even leave to go north for a few days or a week camping and hiking and return to your unit to continue your stay. We are very relaxed and happy to fit in with your wishes.
We are 16kms to Kerikeri CBD (main shopping village) : 10km to Kerikeri Airport: 18km to Paihia (beach, ferries and maritime centre)
Graham is a retired Bay of Islands cruise boat skipper (captain) , Noelle is a retired receptionist and NZ Navy Hydrographic Office cartographer.
All our guests are NON-SMOKERS, all have their own transport and all provide their own food and cook their meals. This is very popular with our guests. Sometimes we get together for a shared meal cooked by Graham. Sometimes a guest will cook in our own kitchen for all of us. We like that! If you enjoy cooking, why not include that as your contribution to a short working day ? Graham will supply all the ingredients.
Noelle and Graham are sixth generation New Zealanders. Graham writes and publishes non-fiction books. Check this website www. graham-clifford.com or Google search "Voyage of the Golden Lotus."
We are retired, relaxed and just appreciate cultural exchanges and companionship and some help when it is offered. Since September 2017, 63 visitors from eleven countries have stayed with us, many for five weeks, some for eight weeks and some for up to three return visits. We really do like meeting new people !
Also, Graham says "if you are a pianist you are welcome to play my Atlas piano which has recently been tuned : it is fantastic!"
PS we might be willing to consider longer term stays over winter (the Winterless North might appeal to someone.) Meantime we are open to any inquiries for helpers/guests for a week or longer. However, we have booked all of July and August 2021 to one workawayer who will share our warm winter fires each evening during these coldest months.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
The practice of English language is No 1 on the list. But our lifestyle is one of living in a beautiful rural area where peace and tranquillity reign supreme. This really is a lovely place and the house and the helpers' unit are modern and comfortable. The unit (also called a 'flat' or 'small apartment') is suited to one person or two. Noelle and Graham do not smoke and nor do our guests.
We have two olive groves of 140 trees which need occasional pruning of branches. We have four landscaped large ponds which need to be kept neat and tidy for our two white swans and ducks and other birds. We have 400m of driveway and sometimes the edges need to be trimmed with a small machine. A small vegetable garden and an orchard are close to the house. There is sometimes work to do there. Graham mows his 2.2 hectares of lawns every week, using a big machine which he will not ask helpers to use. But he cannot use a weed eater (line trimmer) or a polesaw chainsaw because he broke his back and is now not strong enough. Safety helmet is provided.
Noelle would like the windows in the house cleaned from time to time ( about every 3 months) using a K'Archer electric window vacuum. Some help with housekeeping might be nice. Some guests like to cook a shared meal in our big, all electric kitchen and that has been a lot of fun but it is not expected of guests. If you do like cooking, why not add some meal preparation as your contribution to the day?
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As described : a modern unit, all electric kitchen with cooktop and microwave, fridge. Share our laundry and our freezer space if needed, you are welcome. But note that you will cook your own meals. In return we ask for only 3 hours help per day (not 5) and on some days, no work at all if you wish to go exploring Northland for the day. We are retired, relaxed and just appreciate some help when it is offered. We are happy for you to take extra whole days off free of obligation to go camping or hiking.
Want to stay over the winter months and work from home? Why not? But in this case, please include 'some meal preparation in our own kitchen because this is what happened in the winter of 2020 and it was GREAT!
As described in our "description" we are an excellent base for exploring Northland and a delightful home to return to at the end of the day. Even if you go north for a few days camping, you can return home to us and tell us all about your trip! We will keep your unit available and secure and you can continue your stay.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Lots of room for parking on large concrete apron which surrounds the east and south sides of the house. Level parking. But unable to supply electricity to campervans because we do not have the correct power points. A standard extension lead could be provided for charging devices.
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
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