We’re an unschooling family of 5, living on a lifestyle block of just under 6 acres in rural New Zealand. Just under an hours drive north west of Auckland. We are so fortunate to have so many requests and workawayers here to help, we’re having lots of fun. Do get in touch if you are interested in staying in Spring. We’d love to hear from you. Especially if you have carpentry or fencing skills.
We’re aiming to become as self sufficient as possible on our organic farm. We run 2 beef cattle, a small flock of sheep consisting of a wool breed, we spin and felt the wool. We also have east Friesian milking sheep, we will start milking those sheep next season. We already have 2 beautiful saanen goats, Snowy and Friend that we have milked and made cheese from. We often have piglets and plenty of poultry that we raise for meat and eggs. Almost all our meat is grown on our farm. We process chickens and ducks ourselves. We are breeding turkeys and geese for this purpose too.
We have just started keeping bees. So you can gain hands on experience of beekeeping whilst staying with us too.
We are always working on our vegetable garden and are always expanding that space to be able to grow as much as we can at home.
Our downtime is spent on our small boat in the summer out fishing or playing on the beach.
We have a games room with a small pool table, fooseball table and ping pong table. We also have tree tents for you to experience sleeping in the trees.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Everything a farmstay could offer. You will be involved in it all! From milking goats, trimming their hooves. Caring for poultry. You could even learn how to dispatch a chicken or duck if you so wish?
My background in textile design means you can learn traditional skills such as spinning, felting, weaving and dying.
You can also help to make cheese, sausages, pickles and preserves. I sometimes ferment vegetables and sprout seeds. We make our own yoghurt and sometimes bread.
We make our own soap and creams from times to time so I can teach you that also.
There is always something to do on the farm. It will be very hands on and practical skills and confidence with animals will be a bonus. We will be keen to teach you and share our knowledge. Help around the farm is required even with mundane tasks like weeding and mucking out the animal areas.
Patience and attention will be needed with our 3 boys as they ask lots of questions and are always wanting to learn. We believe in life learning so try to accomodate whatever interest they have at that time. If you have musical knowledge (guitar or piano) or speak Spanish that would be a fantastic bonus. We welcome any art and craft or practical skills you have to offer our children.
We are adventurous with our food and enjoy many cuisines. So will delight in your cooking skills also. Again we encourage our children to take part in cooking also and with tidying up.
General household cleaning, bathrooms, washing and folding, dishes, vacuuming etc. Occasional building of structures like chicken coops or cold frames.
There are multiple options depending on what suits at the time. Primarily we’ll be offering a space in our stables (ex stables). It is very quirky with no windows and open areas exposed to the elements. Upstairs there is a double bed and there is a second sleeping area for one person below on the sofa bed. There will be a small “kitchen” but the bathroom will be shared in our house. There is a small foot pump sink for your use in the stables. If we are not using our caravan you may be able to use that as your own space. Our water is collected and filtered from a tank. So we have a very limited supply. We ask that showers are kept to a minimum and short. Showers are to be wiped down afterwards as mold can build up quickly. Another alternative sleeping space is a night in the tree tent if you wish to experience it?!
We would enjoy spending meal times together but after everything has been cleared away we value ours and your downtime to have the evening to ourselves, but we are known to stay up chatting in the evening!
We believe we live in a very special position that’s elevated with stunning views over looking a beautiful river. Close by is the village itself with a dairy and a fish and chip shop. A short drive away is a picturesque reserve with pleasant walks to pretty waterfalls. The local garden centre has a wonderful sculpture trail. And on a more grand scale is Gibbs farm that is open on select days showcasing gigantic sculptures by the likes of Anish Kapoor and Andy Goldsworthy. Within 20 minutes drive there are the Parakai hot springs and Snow planet. Beaches are approximately 40 minutes away by car. Please do note public transport (bus service) is due to start end February 2019! Running into Helensville and Silverdale yay! but a lift into the city can be arranged at 5am and home late afternoon during the weekdays. We are often out and about too so you won’t be stranded!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Hours worked need to be spread throughout the day and flexibility is appreciated.