Lifestyle block stay just out of Tauranga dedicated to sustainability and self sufficiency, Bay of Plenty NZ


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    We have a lifestyle block 20 minutes out of Tauranga, dedicated to sustainability and self sufficiency with sheep, chickens, ducks and a dog.
    There is no access by public transport, but we can arrange to pick you up from Tauranga.
    We are hobby fruit wine makers, not comercial in any way, and can teach wine making skills, mostly in autumn, as well as share our experiences in organic gardening, vegetable and fruit preservation, bottling, and drying as well as turning fruit, sugar and water into wine, it's not a miracle, just time consuming work :-).
    To introduce ourselves we are an out and proud gay couple, who celebrate 20 years together in August 2019.
    Formally, Colin Hewens ( Col ) and Stephen Richardson ( Steve ). We have both traveled to many places and received great hospitality. We see being Workaway hosts as our payback.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Permaculture principles, organic gardening and wine making. Pest eradication from NZ forests, low carbon living.

  • Help


    Whatever season, we are busy clearing gardens and prepare for the next season, as well as ocassionally making fruit wines, and bottling it, which is a non comercial hobby activity.
    We need a couple of strong young guys to help us in the firewood block, where we usually have felled gums to cut into rounds and stack to dry for the next winter's heating.

    The property is one of the better examples of self sufficiency you will have the opportunity to visit in NZ. Some nice worm farms have been re-constructed, solar PV panels and an electric car. You will be able to help with some weeding and tending the animals and small projects.
    Also we are involved in organising a 300 Ha pest free zone in the Kaimai Mamaku State Forest Park, so you get an insiders view on possum, stoat and rat control up the end of the road.

    We live simply, majoring in low carbon and a gentle footprint on earth. We mostly eat home grown produce. We are dairy free, but make our own Oat/almond milk.
    We love making new international friends from Workaway. However due to NZ laws we insist that you have a working holiday visa, as if you have an accident (God forbid) while working with us, and needed medical attention we would all be in deep trouble, as you would have to pay for it, and we would be in trouble with the Labour Department.

    If the weather is good, there is lots of interesting stuff to help us with.
    Please get in touch, when you have read our whole posting. There is a gap NOW.
    In summer, we have so many requests we are sorry to have to turn down so many great people. It is best to book at least a month in advance if you would like to stay with us.
    When you send us a request, you should use our names, then we know you have read our profile. We prefer two workers at a time.
    There is no access by public transport.
    We can teach wine making skills, mostly in autumn, as well as share our experiences in gardening, vegetable and fruit preservation, bottling, and drying as well as turning fruit, sugar and water into wine.
    We hope you will have a choice of tasks to do for a minimum of four to five hours daily, in return for full board and homemade wine. :-) We like to have simple projects, such as a new chicken room, berry cage or sheep shelter so you have a sense of accomplishment. Then there's always weeding :-)
    Food wise we can do vegetarian, vegan [with help] as well as home reared omnivorous catering. To sleep, you may have the spare double bedroom, or a pop-top camper outside or couch according to availability. We have broadband.
    When you apply, mention Dogwood Green to show you read to the end :-) Bonus points

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Maori: Intermediate
    Thai: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Double bedroom for couples.
    We also have an outside pop top camper for summer stays. A tad fresh in winter.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a long way from public transport, so you really need your own vehicle, although there is a good swimming hole and 40 hectare patch of virgin NZ bush [forest] both within walking distance. We will also take good workers for local trips to beach and areas of interest.

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    • 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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