Community life at an Anglican Monastery in the Reikorangi Valley, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    Kia ora! We are a community of families, single people and children who share a life of hospitality and prayer. We host groups and individuals most days of the week to join in our community rhythms and we hold a special place for those who struggle in the city and are marginalized. There are roughly 18-25 people who live on site including children. We have extensive gardens, areas of native planting, pasture with sheep as well as chickens. We also have numerous painting and other maintenance projects on the go and lots of gardening work. Those who have trades skills are super helpful but there are also lots of tasks that involve no experience.
    We are flexible, but the general routine we ask for from workawayers is to work from 8.30am-12.30pm.
    We have daily shared meals and shared times of prayer that workawayers would be welcome to join in on (though this is not compulsory).
    We are situated at the foot of the beautiful Tararua range, with local tracks being within a 5 minute walk of our property (Kapakapanui).
    Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori culture are important to us. We have a kaumatua (Māori Elder) on our team and incorporate aspects of tikanga Māori (Māori culture) in to many areas of our shared life.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Aotearoa New Zealand / Pākehā and Māori Culture. Community life. Contemporary Monastism. Introduction to local sites of significance and local knowledge of things like the local hidden waterfall.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We always need help with things like: gardening, planting, weeding. As well as property help like painting. If people are comfortable with children then supporting us with our children while we do these jobs is also very helpful. We have daily rhythms of shared food and the chores that go along with this, so there is always the opportunity to do cooking / cleaning type help.
    We try to work together, however if someone has the ability to do tasks independently at times, that is helpful.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Maori: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We have a range of accomodation including a house bus, cabins, and a fully functional guest house with bathroom, and kitchen. Depending on what is happening and what other guests are coming through will determine the accomodation we can offer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Owning a car is advantageous as we are 10 minutes away from the nearest public transport. We can introduce you to our favourite local hikes, beautiful walking spots, cafe's and bars. There are always people around at the monastery for those that like to socialise.
    If you enjoy singing that's great as we sing together a lot. Also we do love it when people share our times of karakia / prayer.

  • 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

    Our guest 4G internet modem is located in our shared lounge/ hall. It is not fibre, but the internet is sufficient for video conferencing and most other normal online work.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have large parking areas. Potentially we could setup and extension chord for power. We have a sewage system that can cope with sewage being emptied into it.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Generally we prefer not to hose pets and we will only host pets by negotiation: - dogs OK if: are friends, outdoors only, safe, and don't bark at night / are quiet. - because of the large number of native birds in our area we don't allow cats (unless they are house cats setup not to roam outside). - Other pets need to be child safe and not cause issues with our other guests and animals.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 722281348167

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