Restful Home in the Countryside in Waikite, New Zealand


New Zealand

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description



    We are a family of four people.
    Angus, Alex, Rosemary and Scott.

    Scott is a retired Christian Pastor having worked at churches in Australia and New Zealand. Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, he enjoys reading books, conversing about interesting topics and maintaining the vegetable garden. Scott can play the guitar and the banjo and enjoys musical expression. He is friendly, down-to-earth and a gentleman.

    Rosemary is a Primary School Teacher who enjoys hosting people at her home. She was born in Northern Ireland but has lived in New Zealand since she was 13. She is fascinated by music, art (she paints watercolours) and learning about the lives of people. Rosemary is a keen cook and can make some beautiful slices and cakes as well as traditional farm roasts.

    Son of Rosemary and Scott, Alex studied Geo-Physics at University and has a passion for astronomy (the study of stars). He recently completed a forklifting course in Rotorua. He can play a few tunes on the guitar and enjoys interacting with people.

    Son of Rosemary and Scott, Angus has a BA in History and Philosophy and recently completed a Diploma in Relaxation and Wellness Massage. He is interested in spirituality, healthy living and keeping the body fit.

    We live on a 6 acre lifestyle block in Waikite Valley.
    Located 40 minutes drive from Rotorua or 50 minutes drive from Taupo.
    The Waikite Valley Hotpools are only 20 minutes drive away.
    Our property has a few animals.
    We have several black sheep, a cat called Ghetto and a dog called Billie.

    We are looking for help with general maintenance of our property.
    Duties like weeding the gardens, dusting, cleaning the house (inside and outside), chopping wood, painting etc.

    The work would be 5 hours per day.

    The rough daily timetable:
    8-9 Breakfast
    9-12 Work (3 hours)
    12-1 Lunch
    1-3 Siesta / Free time
    3-5 Work (2 hours)
    6-7 Dinner

    We are friendly, earthy people who enjoy music, arts and taking care of the environment.
    The property is immersed in nature and is situated in a remote location.

    The experience would suit someone who would like a retreat from city life, enjoys solitude and can keep themselves entertained with simple pleasures.

    Look forward to meeting you :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - Learn about New Zealand by living with locals
    - The family play musical instruments so you can learn a few chords on guitar or the piano
    - Learn simple Maori phrases and kiwi slang
    - Improve your English speaking skills
    - Learn about farm life in the countryside

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    The gardening help will involve weeding, pruning plants and mowing lawns.

    Other tasks could include:
    - cleaning windows
    - waterblasting
    - cooking meals
    - feeding animals
    - mopping floors
    - cleaning showers and toilets

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You will have a private room living in the family house...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can pick you up from Rotorua or Taupo if you don't have a car.

    We are close to a variety of hotpools, hiking trails and geothermal sights.

    2-3 times a week we will be going into town so you can have a look around, pick up any supplies you need etc.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 781171786232