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Our voluntary conservation work requires lots of work at our base in Hokitika, West Coast, South Island. That work is primarily in summer, with some short hard-working trips over winter too. The conditions there are very primitive. Certainly no cellphones or internet.
Over the winter we make use of a time with no field work to recycle old aircraft at a hangar in Hawkes Bay. We take care of equipment, restore our vehicles, organise field work and undertake data entry and analysis on our computers. So there's something for everybody. A great opportunity to learn whilst doing.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesDIY and building projectsGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Eco ProjectsHelp with Computers/ Internet
Building maintenance, painting, sanding, fabric work, care and cleaning of field equipment, computer work including working with data collected during our forest survey work.
In Hawkes Bay for winter: an aircraft hangar with a shared apartment. Pretty basic facilities. It's a few km from Napier and Hastings. Rural quiet. Will you share a room with someone? A person? We have shared space with your own sofa bed! A Labrador dog? Yes. Most likely. This is Labrador friendly, large two room studio apartment with several beds.
What else ...
We also do some winter work at our Hokitika base, where we are more permanently located over summer. If interested please ask.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
Very little office space and internet available.
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
Can possibly accept pets
Would have to be a very well behaved dog.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Flexible, but a minimum of four hours in the morning from 8 until 12.
They stayed at our Hokitika (South Island) property for a week, and experienced all the challenges that the roughest of NZ has to offer. Floods, storms and difficult conditions. It was clearly something
It's really funny to
She quickly fits into new environments, loved challenges and didnt mind working with new people.
She's very intelligent, easy going and hard working. Best of luck from Sean, Lizzie and Wiki.
What an amazing experience! I still can hardly believe it that I only stayed 2 weeks with you as it felt like home with Sean, Lizzy and not to forget lovely 'useless' dog Vicky. I did some work in the garden together with Lizzy and got 'my' project which was sanding and bogging a jeep and masking it that Sean could spray some new paint. Sean
Sean and Lizzie are so friendly and their place is really nice and comfortable. I stayed here for about 2 weeks, working mainly on aircrafts and helicopters (what an opportunity, I would never have imagined doing that during my trip in NZ !). I learned so much working with Sean. And Lizzie's meals are always
Unfortunately, I only spent 6 days with them. They live in a lovely hangar, restore aircrafts, and go for flights occasionally. Being able to go flying with them was incredibly amazing!
They also are great cooks and their (new) horse Libby is so lovely, as well. Basically, I just gave them a hand with
I cannot say how thankful I am! Thank you Sean for the lots of emails during my prepair! It was an amazing place, my second home! And it was quite difficult to leave the place. But, I hope we see eatch other soon in Summer! I miss you guys!
Take care yourselves, and enjoy the holiday!
Big hugs! O., the elf :)
…and the windshield polishing and cooking was hardly any work!:)
Very hospitable host, very nice man. It was such a good change from my usual hostel traveling :) Pablo and the workawayers were great company as well. And Wiki of course:)
Great contacts!)) Some new skills and useful information about
Fabio and Jule are both really good social company, are
I have spent three weeks with Sean working on irrigation, computing with GIS and Linux, repair of aircraft and vehicles and some horticulture. Luckily I have experienced everything I have expected on the Hastings
He worked on
Wiki is a wonderful well behaved and good listening dog.
We had a gorgeous weekend