Update: now that we have returned to level 1 lockdown we are able to take workawayers again.
Update: we would like to let everyone know that due to the Corona virus that is currently spreading the world we are unable to take any workawayers as we have a 2 year old daughter that we must protect. We will update once we feel it is safe.
We are a family of 4, mum, dad and our two daughters that live here at home however we have 7 other adult children that live in different areas of New Zealand. We are of Maori descent and our traditions and culture are an important part of how we live and who we are. We are a very friendly and loving family and are keen to share our culture and life style with other cultures from different countries. We are also very spiritual people and use a lot of holistical Maori practices to guide us in our every day lives. We observe the different phases of the moon when gardening and fishing and are influenced by the alignment of the stars. We are keen to learn different cultural traditions and practices that the traveller may bring with them. We live on a large 3 acre property and are requiring some one that loves working on the land as we do to assist us in maintaining and clearing the property. We live in a small community on the Westcoast of the South Island near a beach and surrounded by native forest. There is fishing, surfing and swimming spots near by as well as historical gold mining sites and other historical tourist attractions that the traveller's are able to visit during their time off. There are many tourist attractions and experiences that can be booked through the i-site in Westport which is approximately 13 minutes drive from where we live.
DIY and building projects
We are able to teach the traveller to be self sustainable.
We are able to teach the traveller how to build and create an organic vegetable garden.
We are able to teach the traveller how to utilize scrap cut offs of wood and pallets to build different garden boxes and furniture.
We live near the beach and have knowledge of the local fishing spots and laws that pertain to legal fishing in New Zealand and are able to provide the traveller with fishing experience.
We are able to provide knowledge of the different native trees and bushes on our property.
We are able to provide knowledge of the different native birds which are a part of our world and share our space with us.
We are of Maori descent and are offering an exchange of cultural practices, beliefs and traditions.
We are able to provide an exchange in teaching of the english and Maori languages.
We are able to provide knowledge in karakia (traditional Maori prayers) and the many different purposes for them.
We are able to provide knowledge of waiata (traditional Maori songs and dance) and the many different purposes for them.
We are able to provide knowledge of tikanga (Traditional Maori practices) and teach the travellers the different aspects of going to visit a marae including protocols and rules.
We are able to teach the traveller how to create and cook a traditional Maori hangi.
We are able to teach the traveller the different plants in New Zealand that are utilized for rongoa (Traditional Maori Medicine) including the gathering techniques and karakias (Prayers) used when picking these rongoa.
Update: We are already booked in with a workawayer from May 18 - June 30 so don't have room during these dates. All other dates are still available. I will keep updating so everyone knows the availability.
Assisting hosts with gardening and maintaining an acre property
Assisting hosts with taking care of free range pigs and chickens including clearing out the chicken coop and sty area and gathering eggs
Assisting hosts with building garden boxes, small gardening projects etc
Assisting hosts with creating and maintaining organic vegetable gardens
Assisting hosts with clearing of noxious weeds and plants
Assisting hosts with general maintenance of the property and house
The traveller is not required to have knowledge on all of these jobs as we are willing to teach these skills however being able to complete some of these tasks is essential.
We live in a large 4 bedroom home on a large 3 acre property. The traveller/s will have a large bedroom situated down stairs in our home right next door to a large bathroom that includes a toilet, shower and large spa bath looking out in to a tranquil back yard with a back drop of native trees and plants.
The traveller/s can choose from either a queens sized bed or single beds. The bedroom is connected to the main living area and kitchen so the traveller will be a part of our family in our every day living and will be made to feel welcome and a part of our whanau (family).
The rest of the bedrooms are situated upstairs and our private living space where our family sleep and the travellers will also have their own privacy when wanted or needed.
The traveller/s are welcome to share in the cooking and also to share some of their own traditional cooking recipes and techniques.
There are many exciting things that the traveller is able to do on their time off. We live on the Westcoast in the South Island of New Zealand. There are historical mining sites that can be visited as well as an off road adventure tour that can be booked through the i-site in Westport which is 13 minutes drive from where we live.
We live 3 minutes drive from the beach and the traveller is able to go walking, swimming, surfing or fishing during their time off. We also live approximately 45 minutes away from the famous Punakaiki (pancake) rocks which is a beautiful tourist attraction that people from all over the world come and visit. We are 3 and a half hours away from the Malborough Sounds where the travellers are able to book tours and charter boats to explore the caves and caverns of the sounds. We live approximately 2 and a half hours from Arthurs pass where the travellers are able to go to see the beautiful mountains and experience the snow in the Winter.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours/day, 5 days/week