Fun in the sun, helping in our garden whilst enjoying life with us in Mt Taranaki, NZ


New Zealand

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    A great attitude is the most important job requirement. Honest, clean and responsible would all come in a close second place. My wife and I mainly need a helping hand with gardening and housework. No skills required if you're willing to listen and follow instructions. Pretty simple right?

    We have a large family home and grounds that needs a helping hand, 4-5 hours per day (20-25 hours per week), in exchange for the best time of your life! (meals and accommodation are a bonus on the fun:)

    I'm an American and my wife is English. We look forward to exchanging and sharing our cultural differences. (wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same:) We have two small rescue dogs, Molly, 9 years, and a recent member of our family, Milly who is 7. We enjoy giving them a good life, as we do our 9 sheep and the many wild birds:) We encourage a positive 'can do' attitude and willingness to lend a hand without being asked. Start time is 10am, working in a stress free environment. We encourage you to relax and enjoy your moments with us and make it your home away from your own, which means, keeping your bed made, clothes off the floor and room tidy. (your mother would be happy haha)

    The mountain is AMAZING! One of the best regions in New Zealand! If you're keen and have the strength, the climb to the top will be the highlight of your journey. The coastal regions are amazing too, with numerous places to explore. The center of Hawera is about a 20 minute walk from our home. We have a bicycle if you'd like to explore:)

    NOTE: Wearing clothes in the garden and sun room is an option, Yay freedom!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am an American by birth but enjoy dual citizenship with New Zealand. My wife is from England. We've lived in N.Z. for decades and feel it's our home on most days. We look forward to exchanging stories, ideas, recipes and future travel plans as we've been pretty much everywhere in N.Z. at least once.

  • Help


    To service and maintain two properties, both here in Hawera and Opunake. Lawns, trimming, planting, weeding, painting and various other exterior help. Inside would be cleaning and helping in the kitchen, primarily cleaning up after meals:)

    We're allergic to children :) so you won't have to be concerned with child care haha. We enjoy an adult household.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have three bedrooms - bedroom one, super king, bedroom two, queen and three, a single, all extremely comfortable. The 3 bedrooms share a toilet, shower and sink, separate from us. You'll have the upstairs part of the house, secluded and private from our downstairs living quarters. We share the dining and kitchen bar area for meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's many activities in South Taranaki focused around tramping the many areas that surround Mt. Taranaki. The coastal regions are amazing. The center of Hawera is about a 20 minute walk from our home.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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