Join a homeschooling family and live off-grid live on a piece of land in a hidden valley near the Motueka River, New Zealand


New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are a big family of eight, free range kids and a couple of adults that live on a beautiful piece of land in a hidden valley near the Motueka river in a place known as Ngatimoti, growing our food, living simply but very socially with friends and neighbours often visiting or being visited. We live in a yurt and a tiny house and we also have a very cosy little cottage called the Milking shed where guests and friends are welcome to stay. Our kids are largely homeschooled finding their own interests and playing the days and nights away. We enjoy many different activities and interests including gardening, processing and preparing homemade food, making bread, preserving, fermented foods etc., wood-working, hand making beehives, tree houses, building projects that support our lifestyle and living are ongoing and welcomed. We are interested in may things from arts and crafts, music, natural living, homesteading, playing, looking after the environment. People, the land and living sensitively is important to us. Current projects include establishing new gardens, building a wood workshop, top bar beehives, another yurt space including floor.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have a very unique home based natural living lifestyle, creating our own living spaces, making our own food, caring for the land in our own small way. We have several languages English, German and a little Italian to offer as well as many passions and interests underpinned by a typical Kiwi culture of openness, curiosity, friendliness and an attitude of giving things a go.

  • Help


    We have many and varied projects available that we would welcome assistance with that include wood working and building (tiny workshops/houses, spoon and chair making, basket making with willow or hazelnuts as well as other wood work projects), general gardening and tree work including grafting, transplanting, seed raising, harvesting, food processing, baking bread, making fermented foods, dehydrating, preserving. Working with bees, hand making new hives, hand making alternative hives. Plumbing, electrical work skills would be also useful as we live off the grid with solar power and heating but there is always improvements that can be made. Blacksmithing skills and general crafts such as sewing, dress making, macrame, knitting. Music and also any skills that would be welcome by our children, would it be puppetry, music instruments, theatre etc. We are open to any skills you are offering that would fit with our family and lifestyle. We have 6 kids ranging from one on the way through to 14 years that enjoy interacting with all sorts of people and are willing to learn different skills or teach you trampolining, circus skills, story telling and drawing as well as general play in all its forms.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A self contained small cosy cottage called Milking Shed with a wood stove and independent living possible if desired but you are always welcome to join us in our general living space area. We also have some possible sites for staying in your van if that is your preference. There is also an internet connection in the shed. You would share food with us as part of our family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Tasman Bays is known for the great outdoors mountains, river, beaches, national parks, trekking, hiking, kayaking etc. There is a little bit of everything from markets, music venues to very quiet swimming holes. There is no public transport but if you don't have your own there is people living on the land that you can catch a ride with to town quite often. Many places within biking distance and few bikes to be used.

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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