We live on a 1 acre lifestyle block 15 minutes from New Plymouth with both panoramic mountain and sea views, located next to the Mt Taranaki & Egmont National Park. we are Gary and Deb, we have four adult children (all flown the coop) and 7 beautiful grandchildren. Our 3 daughters live in Taranaki, our son lives in Wellington. We live with our 4 friendly companion dogs who love visitors and one shy cat. Deb (me) loves all things feathered and hatches and rears a variety of heritage chickens
We are also paricipants in the annual Taranaki Sustainable Garden trail
We live 14km from New Plymouth city so your own transport is preferable to enable you to discover Taranaki.
However I do go to town a couple days per week, so can drop off and pick up. Otherwise there is hitch hiking
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Gary is Canadian born and immigrated to NZ when he was 13, I am born and bred Kiwi. We have both also lived in the UK, Australia and Papua New Guinea. While we lived in the UK we traveled to many countries in Europe. We love meeting and hosting people from all around the world, offering Kiwi hospitality and sharing each others stories
Year Round - We require short stay assistance with Gardening, Pruning, Chicken House maintenance
25 October to 3rd November - Sustainable Gardens Trail - assistance required to meet/greet, and sign in the many visitors to our property (over 300 last year) so it is preferable to have two people to enable everyone to have breaks
we offer 2 double bedrooms (one double, one queen) and shared guest bathroom in return for 4hrs a day work per person, this includes:
Meals (vegetarian options available). Breakfast & lunch are help yourself, dinner preparation is shared. We would really appreciate it if you could cook at least one meal from you country as we enjoy experiencing the flavours of the world.
Communal living area shared with us
There is always something to do in our beautiful Provence, Mountain to climb, Surf to surf, many walks to walk, beaches, Parks and Gardens to visit. We also have many annual events from: Americana, Outdoor concerts at The Bowl of Brooklands, summer scene at Pukekura Park, Powerco Garden Festival just to name a few
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day