Enjoy the natural beauty of New Zealand and help me do-up my property on the rural West Coast


New Zealand

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    Looking for motivated people to help me do-up my rural West Coast property! I own a 15 acre plot of land on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand, and I’m looking for people to help me get the place in order. A little bit about me: I’m the mother of three beautiful children who have all now left home. I work full time, as well as studying health psychology via correspondence, so for the past few years haven’t been able to focus on my property myself. The work itself will be varied, depending on your individual skills/the weather or time of year etc. A few things for example:
    Painting (interior/exterior)
    Clearing land
    Pruning trees
    Collecting firewood
    Planting/organising gardens
    Repairing the chicken coop
    General maintenance/cleaning
    I would expect around 3-5h of work a day, 5 days a week in exchange for a bed and some food (I can provide breakfast food and occasional dinners). I live 12km from the small nearby town which can be reached via the intercity bus (or car if you have your own) from all over New Zealand, or by plane from Wellington city. I also work in the town, so would be able to drive you in/out on your days off if desired. There is (for the most part) cellphone reception at my home, although currently no wifi (I may get wifi installed at a later date), so bear this in mind. There are beaches within a 10minute drive away (famous for surfing!), lots of mountains and rivers too! I also have 2 bikes available. Let me know if you’re interested in coming to enjoy the tranquility of the Wild West Coast!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Animal care

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    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The property I live on and the surrounding area is an extremely authentic look at the rural, untouched/unspoiled natural beauty of New Zealand. There are many natural attractions nearby such as the seal colony, the charming creek walk, the famous pancake rocks and much more. I can teach you about rural living, keeping chickens and share general knowledge with you. I have lived on the west coast the majority of municipal life so know many local-only places that you will be able to see and enjoy for yourself. I would love to learn more about different cultures- perhaps recipes or pieces of another language :)

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    Painting (interior/exterior)
    Clearing land
    Pruning trees
    Collecting firewood
    Planting/organising gardens
    Repairing the chicken coop
    General maintenance/cleaning

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    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    I have two large spare rooms in my home, and also a garage that I hope to convert into accommodation too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I’d like to stress that I do live rurally, so our water is collected from a rainwater tank (or sometimes the river itself) so we have to be mindful of our individual water consumption :-)

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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