We have a large section with an old house Whangarei.
We are a semi retired couple with a cavoodle dog, often away and therefore happy for house/dog sitting but also a bit of outdoor and indoor painting and some gardening to do.
We have cycles for an easy ride into town or over to the falls etc. The cycle walkway along the railline is accessed very near to our place.
We currently have some carpentry, painting and always some weeding and mowing. Always windows and internal clean to do too.
Accommodation is in the house with us but if you prefer more privacy we have a good big tent and outdoor covered space too.
We are pretty easygoing about when you do the working hours, some times the jobs are enjoyable and you don't notice time flying by, other jobs a few hours is enough and that's fine too. Within reason we leave you to work out when you feel like working to make up the hours.
Some times there are jobs to work together, some times I will let you know what needs doing and leave you to it.
If you have any particular skills I tend to try to find the job most likely to be the most productive .
Perfectly happy for you to work longer hours some days and then have more days off to explore the area. Don't mind whether it's week days or weekends or what time of day you want to start. You are, after all, on holiday!
There are easy walks to do around bush and coast within easy reach of town or the Bay of Islands is just over an hours drive north. Waipu cave system is half hour drive south.
Whatever works is all good.
We are near enough to town that you can stay here while working (and do the workaway hours on days off or around job hours, there is a lot of hospitality work available in town.)
Plenty of room to park your car or van, happy to pick you up from the bus .
we have wifi available, you can have your own bathroom as we have two.
we are not smokers and prefer non smokers to stay.
Happy to have individuals or a couple.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
we try to be as gentle on the earth as we can be so use organic growing methods wherever possible.
It would be wonderful to be self sustaining but that is unrealistic at this point.
happy to teach painting tips, not sure what other cultural exchange is involved besides cards in the evening if wanted, lots of local knowledge for places to see in northland.
There is a variety of work including renovations , painting, lots of painting - the weatherboards, the fence and inside, weeding, mowing, mulching. There is always cleaning to do if that's your preference. We have a LOT of windows. There is always plenty to do!
Some carpentry work available.
own bedroom and bathroom in the house or welcome to stay in your own van, can park out of the weather in the carport and use the bathroom, eat with us, share cooking if interested.
we have the tutukaka coast nearby with the wonderful poor knight islands for diving and snorkelling trips.
we have a lot of coast line on the east coast, with absolute stunning beaches and lovely short and long walks.
the bay of islands is accessible for a long day trip or overnight easy trip.
same time to the waipoua forest with the kauri trees and bush walks.
whangarei township has everything you could need altho it is not a big city.
there is a strong international sailing community which sits out the cyclone season from nov to may so there is the chance to get crewing work up to the islands if that is of interest. most international boats leave between april and june.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
any size, we have lots of room :-)
we have a very friendly cavoodle dog on the property, a year old as at aug 2022. she loves other dogs to play with.
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.
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