Help an artist with gardens and building projects in Northland, New Zealand

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  • Last activity: 23/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hi, my name is Magda, I'm an artist and all round creative person, living alone on my property in a beautiful forest valley. Gardening is a passion and I'm teaching myself all about growing, storing and preserving food so I can buy less from the store. I'm also working on some building renovation.

    I'd really love to share this project with any travellers who are interested in the idea of self-sustainability, slow living, and living from the land.
    There's a lot of outdoor space here to stretch your legs and get out into nature. The river which runs through the property is great for swimming in summer, and there are short hiking tracks in the forest.

    I enjoy songwriting, and I play some guitar on occasion. I'm also active in native forest and bird conservation, and have a multitude of DIY building projects around the property that are being worked on at a slow pace as there are so many of them. The two bigger projects are building another cabin, and converting an old bus into bed and breakfast accomodation.

    My animal family includes Saba, a big friendly dog, and out on the farm waits Sassafras who is a very large attention-seeking horse, and 20 free-ranging ducks.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Setting up on my own, on bare land with not much money, I've collected lots of stories over the past 10 years, and hopefully some are entertaining and some informative. All the things I've done wrong, and the things that have gone right, I'm happy to share everything I've learnt.
    I like to laugh and have a good chat while working, share stories, and I like to see other women make independent dreams and not be limited by traditional gender roles. It took me a while, but I've learned building construction, bought my own chainsaw, installed fireplaces, learned DIY plumbing and drain-laying, solar panel installation and wiring, and converted the old bus into accomodation.

  • Help


    The help is sometimes gardening, which involves weeding in vegetable or flower garden, or pulling/cutting larger pasture weeds. Sometimes gathering mulch for the gardens, watering, digging and planting seedlings or trees, mowing lawn and orchard grass, clearing fence lines of tall grass. Sometimes there is firewood chopping, carrying, stacking. Also some cleaning jobs.
    These tasks are mostly easy and involve working alone at your own pace. I'm happy for workawayers to choose the jobs they are most comfortable and interested in doing. I'm also happy for you to structure and plan your own work days.

    There are also more complicated projects which you can work on together with me, such as building and maintenance, and things that require two people. The sun burns pretty intensely here in summer, so I'll start these projects at 8am before the burn time.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation for the summer months is my lovely sunny house bus, which you'll have all to yourself. It has no wifi and limited phone reception, but it has books to read, and space to set up your own creative project.

    The accommodation is for non smokers only.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a good place to take a slow break and spend some time being creative. Be prepared to entertain yourself here on the property with things like books, journal, podcasts or arts and crafts to work on.

    If you have your own transport there are lots of beautiful beaches to visit around the far north.
    For those without their own car, the town/shops are not within walking distance. There are no buses that go past here but you may be able to catch a ride to town.

    There's limited mobile reception here for spark and skinny mobiles, and none at all for 2degrees or vodaphone. There is plenty of wifi internet at my parents place next door which you're welcome to use.

    Being surrounded by forest means you can expect some flying biting insects, so personal insect repellent for your skin and a few pairs long trousers and socks are a must!
    Bring sensible shoes for working in, and a rain coat if it's winter or spring, it rains a lot here from June through to October. In summer, suncream and a hat.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 722479792116

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