Experience the culture and lifestyle of a small town on the west coast in South Taranaki, north island,Zealand



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    Hi I have lived in South taranaki for my whole life but travelled extensively. My family are of dutch decent and I have many aunts and uncles in the Netherlands. My employment is with special needs children. . We are grandparents to 14 grandchildren and Of course they do not live with us but some are close by. My husband and I have a large old 3 bedroom Villa styled home. We have had many international guests over the years and enjoy meeting people. My husband likes the renovating and building projects of which there are many at the moment. We are flexible on the length of time our visitors stay :-) and we can negotiate a length of time that is perfect for both you and us and if this suits we are excited to hear from you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Activities that can be done : Dam dropping in the warmer weather unless you own a wet suit, snow sking (winter only of course ) Swimming. Surfing .Mountain walks and climbing to the top of Mount Taranaki in the summer months. Bush walks. Fishing. Sight seeing. Playing tennis .golfing.water skiing. Music festivals garden festivals.100 year old water tower to climb for amazing views of the region Just ask at info Centre. Great people to talk to. More activities include TSB festival of lights on New Plymouth (Dec and Jan) Hawera aerodrome flights can be booked to see the top of mount Taranaki if you are not into tramping. Drive the forgotten World Highway, don't forget to stop at the whangamomona hotel to ask about republic day ? Visit the absolutely amazing Tawhiti museum privately owned and made by local ex art teacher so do not let the word museum put you off !! it is more of an experience. The amazing lake Rotokare inland bird sanctuary one visiter said it was like going into a mini jurassic park. Rugged beaches to explore AND MORE. Depends on your interests. I do have Internet at my home and also a short 7minute walk up to the main street and there is free wifi 24/7 also .

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    To help prepare and sand and paint garage and fences (some building ability would be great). General weeding of a small garden ,digging over the vege garden maybe some paving stones to be laid. Cleaning windows and also normal house work and as spring is approaching a more intense cleaning of the home. Maybe cooking the evening meal.if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen .we will figure out what your talents are and try and match the jobs.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    My home has 4 large double bedrooms and 1 lounge area and a sunny kitchen dinning area I have 1 room set up with a double bed and 1 room with a single bed. There is plenty of room. We live very close to town and a large sporting venue, free tennis courts and a park also a outdoor 50 metre pool an indoor 25 meter swimming pool with hydro slide and a small hot pool. A oneish hour bus trip to larger cities. Many beaches and lakes to explore also beautiful Mount Taranaki one of the worlds most conical shaped mountains with water falls, tramping and snow in the winter almost at our back door.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Around 4 to 5 hours a day, per day or a whole day 8 hours and the next day free

Host ref number: 746975727367

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