Help with horses and learn about holistic rehabilitation in New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • Description


    My partner Todd and I have 60 acres (50 ha) of land and we run a holistic horses rehabilitation livery yard, based on barefoot, bitless, track system methods. We have a baby son (born 2020) and live on the top of Okaihau hill in Northland, just a short drive to the forest pools, bush walks, the cycle way and only 25 minutes from the Bay of Islands.

    We would like to offer an internship with horses. Come and join us for a natural horsemanship experience! Learn to get along with horses and live with the land and farm animals. You will learn how to run a sustainable, biodynamic farm, grow and prepare your own vegetables and meat, the basics of horsemanship and animal care, the basics of trimming hooves, raising cows, sheep and chooks, and much more. Riding lessons are available once a week.

    As there are a lot of things to do and learn on the farm and therefore it takes some time to get comfortable, we prefer people who are interested in our way of living and would like to stay for a longer period of time like 3-4 months.

    Please message me for more information on the internship.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There is lots to learn on the farm. We run a holistic horse rehabilitation livery yard, based on barefoot, bitless, track system methods. Riding is available a few days per week if you already have some basic skills and are willing to stay for at least a month to get enough time to spend with the horses. I can offer a lesson in riding and ground work per week.

  • Help


    We are looking for people who want to help on the farm, farm animal care, in the garden, cooking and with the horses.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You have your own house on our property with a Queen-sized bed, lounge, kitchen, and bathroom with laundry.
    We offer food and accommodation for 5 hours work per day, with 2 days off per week (usually Thursdays and Fridays) for your free time to go and visit the beautiful Northland. We have a shared dinner at our house twice a week. You’re responsible for your own dinner on the other days (ingredients are provided).
    Please note: Access to internet (Wifi), printer, Thermomix, TV is only at the main house. If you need internet at your house you will need to have your own mobile plan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are only 25 minutes from the Bay of Islands, beaches, and walks. The Bay of Islands is at the heart of Northland. We are 10 minutes from the forest pools and bush walks. To name just a few beaches around here that are excellent for surfers, there is 90 Mile Beach, Shipwreck's Bay, Matouri Bay and Taupo Bay, etc. You can find many sights and monuments of Maori culture here. Kaitaia and Whangarei (bigger cities of the north) are both around 1 hours drive away. Rugby is New Zealand's national sport and part of its culture - Okaihau has its own rugby team and you are invited to watch their games.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 618146155418