Maori culture and simple sustainable living on our off-grid, permaculture farm in Turangi, New Zealand


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    Kia ora from Lisa at the Farm. We want to share our beautiful Maori culture, and introduce you to our simple, sustainable, organic, permaculture way of living.
    We are a registered Charitable Trust organization that's aim is to foster our community with sustainable practices .

    If you want an authentic Maori experience then our Farm is the place to be. If you are passionate about the environment, and would like to learn or practice your organic, sustainable, permaculture gardening skills then this is the perfect opportunity to do so. There are also numerous ongoing projects on the Farm, such as eco building renovations of yurts / roundhouses, and many opportunities to express your creative artistic design skills.

    You will have the opportunity once a week to experience gardening in our Maori language speaking school in Taupo, and see a real Maori haka performed. There are also opportunities to visit and help at our local Marae (Where the tribe gathers).

    My name is Lisa and I am from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Tongariro is my mountain, Rotoaira is my Lake, and Ngati Tuwharetoa is my Tribe. I am also a qualified Permaculture Design Consultant. I have been given the chance to use this beautiful Maori land, and would love to share it with you.

    Our Farm is a developing Education Centre for Sustainable Living on four hectares in Turangi, establishing organic gardens, orchards and small experimental buildings. Our sustainable practices include eco-friendly building, growing nutrient rich food, using solar energy, and applying permaculture principles whenever possible. We do not use herbicides or pesticide sprays, and only use natural organic fertilizers. Now that New Zealand is no longer recycling soft plastics, we have adopted a what you bring in you take out policy.

    We have been farming here since March 2010. We love to help in our community and we would love to share a real view into our Maori culture.

    We are also a small animal sanctuary. Come and meet our rescue animals, Honey the dog, Kune the pig, and our free range chickens. Naumai haere mai (come you are welcome).

    PS: if you want a Ta moko ( tattoo ) by an original Maori tattoo artist we can connect you to all of it.

  • 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 with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    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

    Our farm is the main project. We welcome interested people from everywhere to come and learn about permaculture, sustainability, and regenerative land use.
    We have a strong relationship with our local Maori school in Taupo.

  • Help


    Numerous projects.
    It would be great if you can bring your own gardening gloves.

    Example projects:
    Maintaining the organic gardens
    (planting, weeding, pruning)
    Harvesting veges and fruits from the garden
    Feeding the animals (chickens, pig and dog)
    Building maintenance and fixing around the farm
    Eco building projects
    Gardening at the school with kids
    Helping at the Marae if needed
    Sharing your cooking skills
    Cleaning (community kitchen, your huts not our rental we will do those ones, and bathroom/compost loos)
    Expressing your art

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Maori: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The workawayers share a village with our rental guests which includes 9 huts, each with 2 bunk beds. The huts are a cute but simple and basic design. Please note there is no electricity in the huts. We have a shared solar shower, and use compost toilets. There is also a community kitchen / dining area where you can charge your phones and get free wifi.

    Food: We provide delicious organic fruits and veges from the garden (changing with seasons) and vegan basics (rice, pasta, oats, flour, etc). You are also welcome to bring your food to share in our community meals. You can also make your own tea with the plants around (eg. mint and lemon balm).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Tokaanu geothermal hot pools are 4km away. The Tongariro alpine crossing is not far, also known as Mount Doom, if you happen to have read The Lord of the Rings or seen the movies! There are nice walks around the farm and in summer we often go together to Lake Taupo which is just a 10 minutes drive away or walk to the Tongariro river just up the road for a swim.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week. Take some time to visit our beautiful region on your days off

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