We have a beautiful 1 acre lifestyle block in historic Waimate North with beautiful views of rolling hills and farmland about 15 minutes from Kerikeri. Ideally, you'll want your own transport.(no buses out here! :-)
We need help with general property maintenance. This will include weeding, hedge trimming, and autumn cut-back. I also need some help inside at the moment with cleaning as I've hurt my hand from piano playing.
We ask for 4 hours work for 5 days a week and weekends off. In return we will provide free accommodation, wifi internet and TV. You would be staying in a modern granny flat/unit which is separate from the house with heating and bathroom. It has a small fridge, simple cooking facilities like a microwave, bench top oven and element. You will need to take care of your own breakfast and lunch, and come join us for dinner (which we can cook together if you like to cook). We will provide cereal, tea/coffee and milk in the unit.
Also, I will be happy to show you around kerikeri and the surrounding areas.
My husband works on the dairy farm down the road and I am a jazz pianist and singer and I teach piano from here.
We keep chickens, two beehives, two dogs and a cat. There is also a big vegetable garden, avocado trees and a whole bunch of assorted fruit trees that I keep planting!
We look forward to meeting you! :-)
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We grow most of our fruit and vegetables with the aim of being self sufficient in that area. People who stay with us learn how to germinate seeds, prepare the soil for planting, and plant seedlings. There will be lots of outdoor projects to do like pruning trees//hedges and some problem solving too. I'm guessing we're not too different to other countries when we do this kind of work outside, but I'm hoping we will also learn from our visitors.
If you play a musical instrument we like to play music so you're welcome to join us and play music together.
We need to weed the vegetable garden to get ready for planting vegetables, the garden is not small! :-) .
Plus any other general outside Autumn maintenance like hedge trimming, pruning and cutting back for Autumn, weeding under fruit trees, pruning etc.
Some housework inside.
This host offers a language exchange
I began learning French many years ago and would love to learn more. Also I have been studying Ancient Hebrew over the past 5 years so am always interested in other cultures and languages.
You would be staying in a modern granny flat which is separate from the house with heating and bathroom. It has a small fridge, simple cooking facilities like a microwave, bench top oven and element. You will need to take care of your own breakfast and lunch, and come join us for dinner. We will provide cereal, tea/coffee and milk in the unit.
Visit historical Te Waimate North mission house which is 5 minutes up the road. Visit the Stone store (the oldest store in New Zealand) and Kemp house.
go for a walk to Rainbow falls.
Go to Paihia beach and go kayaking or go for lunch.
Get the ferry from Paihia to Russell for the day.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There is a parking area that is easily big enough to park a campervan or a motorhome if needed.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week