Rural help required in Northland, New Zealand with horses and with outdoor work.


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  • Description


    Please note that, we can only host a single person at a time as we have not enough space to host two persons at once. None smokers are prefered. At the moment we can't host any volunteer


    !!!!!! In May we would need a reliable house/pet sitter with some experiences with dogs and horses. 6th of May onwards for about 2 weeks or longer if possibe, up to 6 weeks. For this period of time we also would take a couple and a car would be essential. Please get in touch with us when you are an enthusiastic outdoor and animal person and when you are comfortable to live a bit rustic. (old bathroom etc.) and with heating the water in a wood burner outside the house. !!!!!

    We are a German couple and have 25 hectares of native bush and pine forest at Kaeo (28 km north of Kerikeri). Here we live with our two friendly dogs (New Zealand Huntaway and cattle dog x) and eight horses (Shire/Thoroughbred X, old Arab/Wesh X,, Frisian X with foal and 4 cute Shetland Ponies. There is always plenty of outdoor work waiting. We also do some building work at the moment and from time to time we need a helping hand with that.

    We eat normal food but we are also happy with vegetarians. No vegans please!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are open minded and we like controversal thinking and interesting talks and discussions.
    At our place you can learn how to bake bread and to train horses in a more natural way without bits and force. Torsten is a skilled builder and he is happy to share his knowledge with someone who is keen and interrested.

  • Help


    Old overgrown tracks need clearing from time to time, gardening, weeding, collecting fire wood, eradicating gorse and other pest plants, daily pick up of horse pooh (droppings) and various jobs at the property including some care of our beloved dogs and the horses which are kept and trained naturally. You can also learn how to bake bread.

    There are no special skills required and we don't ask for hard work but for some enthusiasm, good sense of humor, love for nature and animals. Maybe some riding skills would be great.

    At the moment we also have some building work to do and it would be great to host someone who is familiar with making concrete or with some other building skills.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German

  • Accommodation


    Simple living shouldn’t be a problem for you. We can only offer a small caravan as accommodation and our house is rather basic. As we have to heat our water with fire wood, we can't provide a hot shower every day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you would like to ride, please keep in mind that our horses are not ridden commonly and that you should be open minded for another wonderful way of riding and communication with horses.

    As we live in the middle of the bush, there are plenty of spiders and other critters around, including lots of dust. You should not be afraid of them or have a dust allergy.

    Please note that we can only host a single person at a time. We prefer non smokers.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    3 to 4 hours / 5 days a week

Holly is a 6yo Shettland pony mare. In September 2015 she is due with her next foal.
Yakari is a yearling now and Hollys son. He is such a fun character.
Our small house
Huge tree beside the house
our driveway
our property
Guess the name of this dog - Skippy, what else could it be
The pretty valley of Kaeo
Here you see a bit of our bush
That's us,Torsten and Cornelia
The bay is Coruba, a Shire/Thoroghbred and the white is Blue, an Arab/Welsh.
Jeremy Socke our NZ Huntaway. He is a huge but friendly dog.

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