Join us for boating/sailing and kayaking in Wanaka


New Zealand


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    ***. Note: The New Zealand borders are currently only open to citizens/residents. No incoming travel, so you must already be in the country for any NZ hosts to be able to welcome you.****

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    About our family:

    Kristi works for a nonprofit organization helping with literacy skills in NZ. Doug is a ski instructor, IT professional, and sailboat skipper. We have two children.

    We aim to get outdoors as much as possible, usually via the water (sailing) or the snow (skiing).

    We are a non-smoking, alcohol-free, drug-free home. Not a party house : )

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can teach you about sailing. There might be the opportunity for either boating/sailing or kayaking (schedule permitting).

    We have several kayaks for you to use (free).

    Nearby trails.

    Beautiful lakes nearby

    Ice Skating:
    Kristi coaches ice skating in the winter, so if visiting you might have the chance to go skating with us. (Seasonal - winter only.)

  • Help


    We would like for you to help with a variety of tasks - cleaning/tidying, childcare, a bit of gardening, and cooking.

    Cleaning: Help with daily/weekly cleaning things (sweeping, washing dishes, mopping, windows, tidying, etc.)

    Cooking: We welcome help with cooking and clean up. We delegate kitchen clean up each day to you.

    For helping with childcare: Kristi works from home, so we'll need help watching one or both of our children while she gets some work accomplished and/or while she works with schoolwork with our eldest. As such, one of us will be nearby for helping with anything and supervising.

    Important: Please note that for you to enjoy your stay here it is really important that you have a lot of patience with children and not mind a noisy atmosphere. Sometimes it is noisy early in the morning (around 7am).

    So please consider visiting if you aren't bothered by children who are high energy and if you are willing to pitch in and help : )

    * We are also looking for the right person to stay on for longer term (2 - 6 months). Please write to learn more if interested. We are willing to negotiate the number of hours/days and also adding in paid work for any additional hours and/or for paid work with our business.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Sleep-out (detached private room). Your own toilet/shower.

    Unlimited internet.

    Nearby: Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, cafes, restaurants, convenience shop, trails, and beautiful scenic spots.


    Sometimes we are quite busy and your help with making meals is very appreciated (and we are not picky, so pretty much anything you make will be such a help!). As such, we prefer you have at least basic cooking skills : )

    Please note: You can give me a shopping list and I will do my best to have those items for you.

    We do eat meat, but if you are a vegetarian we are happy to be respectful and accommodating as much as possible.

    You're welcome to pack food from here if going on a hike or a day out.

    Respectful atmosphere:
    We are really happy to open up our home and hospitality to you! We are a helpful and accommodating family.

    With that said, we would like for there to be a one or two day trial. If we are cool with the arrangement we will invite you to stay longer.

    Hopefully by reading this profile it is clear if we would be a good match for your stay. If you aren't sure, please feel free to ask any questions or set up a call on Skype or Whatsapp.

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    What else ...

    We are happy to transport you to nearby places.

    Thank you for reading our profile!

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    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

    Unlimited wifi. We are tech savvy so can help you with any tech issues.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size camper van welcome. We have an ideal spot for parking and access to lots of outdoor space and home.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    20 hours week - flexible and willing to negotiate

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