Live, work,play, travel in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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New Zealand

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  • Description

    Description

    My partner, Michelle and I live in a bush and sea setting in a home I built myself. We have a dog named Poppy . We live on solar power and hot water. I have sailed the world and swallowed the anchor here in the Bay of Islands, NZ. I am the ancient mariner. We can offer a warm dry caravan for accommodation with access to own bathroom and hot shower.
    The work entails painting, gardening, building, firewood collecting and other home related help. We are away for some weekends and would like folks to be here over those periods.
    We live 2 kilometres from the port of Opua, a mecca for sailors worldwide. From here if you want to go sailing there is an opportunity to contact voyaging sailors and perhaps find crew positions. I have introduced several people to this lifestyle.This is also a good fishing spot and has a selection of cafes and marine related industry.
    Although I am older and need assistance in my projects, there an opportunity to learn and experience many things in your work.
    My current project is building an earth brick cottage. I need assistance and can offer experience in this project. I have a wide range of practical achievements behind me and can lead my helpers to learn and feel confident in "Do-It-Yourself" (DIY) projects. I see myself as the mentor and guide for folk who want to live in a sustainable way.
    I like to work with my helpers to give them the time to explore this part of New Zealand. I can offer guidance and recommendations and a time schedule that suits us both.
    I have had an adventurous life and need to write my story. Maybe someone can help me with that and transcribe my life?
    If this is something you might like to share in please contact me.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can assure you my place is a model of the 'Kiwi' way. I try to build and maintain everything myself. I try to live in a sustainable fashion and am mindful of this earth's finite resources and yet live a full and rich life.

  • Help

    Help

    If you are interested in living "Off-The-Grid" then I can give you a lead into how to achieve this with minimum outlay. I have lived with solar electricity and solar hot water for 20 years. I also harvest my own rain water using techniques that ensure pure, clean drinking water with no industrial contaminates. I work with my daughter on her horse farm and sometimes need assistance there. There are 2 bikes available with a selection of very good trails close by.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is in a self contained cottage which is warm and dry. Meals can be taken with my wife and myself or do for yourself if we needs be.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you have some practical skills or a need to learn and grow skills then I am the practical teacher having built my own boat, houses and 'plane.
    The Bay of Islands is a renowned plave to visit in New Zealand with beaches, islands warm weather and good folks.
    I am mindful of the need of travelers to explore and learn about the community in which they live and work. I like to manage a schedule that meet my helpers expectations.

  • 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 acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    I would expect about 4 hours per day (max 25 hours/week)

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