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I live on a beautiful piece of land in the far north where I've been living for about four years now, and aim to live as sustainably as possible. There is limited supply of off grid power, water from the stream and a fire for heating and hot water. I have spent the last year setting the place up better and developing gardens, chicken homes, a greenhouse, an earth cellar and making the house a bit more beautiful and functional with the help of a wonderful stream of workawayers that have been coming here. There is also an organic macadamia and lemon orchard on the property that i look after. Over the next months we will hopefully be doing a few projects on other pieces of land in the valley as well.
I have always had the feeling that this place should be shared with others, and enjoy to have travelers coming through and being part of this place and helping out with projects. It is still amazing to me how much more can be done with more hands. I have spent a few years traveling around the world also and see travelers as a kind of "pollinators". When we travel we pick up lots of ideas and inspiration and then pass that on to the next place and slowly over time ideas and support can spread for a more self responsible, loving and sustainable approach to how we live.
The house is set up like a kind of community hostel with a shared kitchen and living space, where we all share the responsibility for cooking and keeping it clean and tidy. There are two volunteer accommodation rooms in the house; one private double room and another bunk room with five beds in it. There are sometimes more people here than that so sometimes accommodation could be a tent or your own campervan if you have one. Theres also a half finished tree house up in the bush!
The cost of food is shared between those that are here and we usually do a weekly shop every Saturday to the markets in Kaitaia for what we need.
Due to the nature of the lifestyle and the work that we are doing it is important that those coming here are comfortable in different environments, are willing to take initiative and be confident with working outdoors and doing practical work. The toilet is a 3 walled short drop composting toilet (best view ever), and the shower is a semi open shower in the garden.
The days are loosely structured; Usually quiet mornings with some yoga or meditation (sometimes i or someone else will "lead" this) , then a meeting to plan the day a bit and decide who is cooking meals etc, and work in the mornings and afternoons.
On Saturdays we go into town for shopping and whatever we need and day off on Sundays where we will usually go on an adventure somewhere (often down to ngawha hot springs in the winter).
The house is a drug free place. We sometimes will pitch in and buy a box of beer or something together but in general there is also not so much drinking here.
If you have any more questions or are interested in coming to stay then send me a message.
I look forward to hearing from you 😊
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
This is a great opportunity to come and see what it's like to live off grid in the more remote areas of NZ.
I am very much learning things as I go along so this is place to come and learn and be creative about finding sustainable solutions to meeting basic living needs, and learning how to live and work with others in a healthy and inspiring way.
I have a lot of general skills and experience of living off the land and happy to share what I have learnt so far.
I am passionate about finding ways that local communities can create more sustainable and environmentally responsible ways of living and for other young people to feel more inspired about living outside of cities and being more self resilient.
There at least a few other travelers staying here most of the time so it's a great opportunity to come and be in community with others and live together for a time in this beautiful place.
Due to being off grid completely day to day life requires quite a lot of work so help is great with basic stuff like splitting firewood, cooking /cleaning and working in the gardens.
Things are constantly being improved and developed so help with building, painting, landscaping, making garden beds and other little structures and maintaining the existing orchards is required.
Some of the land has recently had some logging operation and is a mess so there is some work clearing weeds and tidying it up and replanting.
Anyone with gardening or permaculture experience is really useful as I am still very much learning myself and appreciate help and ideas about how to do things.
A lot of the tasks are quite physically demanding so it's preferable that helpers are fit and strong. There is also plenty of things to do that aren't so demanding so anyone with a good attitude and willingness to help out is welcome.
There is also lots of scope for you to come up with your own ideas and projects if you have some particular skills or knowledge.
Accomodation here will either be a room in the house, a campervan or a tent. I have a few spare tents and if you have your own or have a campervan there is plenty of space to park up, it just depends on how many people are here at the time (sometimes quite a few, sometimes just myself).
Food costs are shared between everyone. All put money into the food jar once a week and sometimes will do all the shopping for everyone.
The House is vegetarian and everyone is encouraged to help out with cooking and dishes (means we get some pretty good meals a lot of the time!)
It is a little hard to get here if you don't have your own transport. There are buses available to Taipa (15 mins away) and I can arrange to pick you up from there if needed.
Just down the road is an Ashram where there are regular meditation, yoga and other retreats happening, and where I often go as well.
The stunning Karikari peninsula is 20 minutes drive away with some beautiful beaches as well as Cooper's beach and Taipa even closer. A lot of the land is in native bush with walking tracks so if you like a bit of adventure there's plenty of room to roam here.
There are two gorgeous swimming holes (also the bath in summer) within walking distance.
The closest shops are at least 25 minutes drive away so it's best you bring whatever
extras you think you might need. I usually end up going into town only once or twice a week for more supplies.
If you have a license I sometimes have a spare vehicle here which can be used if you wish also.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
negotiable (max 15 hours - no meals)