Help out around our organic self-sustainable property in the centre of the North Island, New Zealand


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We have a four week internship starting on 18 February 2019.

    This focuses on the harvesting of seasonal fruits and vegetables and establishing the winter gardens. Includes food, accommodation and workshops in return for work 9-5 Monday to Friday. A serious learning experience for anyone wanting to live sustainably.
    A commitment to stay the full period is required.
    Non-smokers only and we will not cater for special dietary needs or food allergies.

    We are an organic self-sustainable property in the centre of the North Island - aka Middle Earth.
    I grow 99% of our food in a holistic, organic, established, integrated system along permaculture methods. I grow a huge range of fruits, raise our own meat (cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, quail), honey and eggs, milk a house cow, and have large vegetable gardens.
    I have an extensive orchard and am interested in growing nutrient dense, natural foods for our own consumption.
    Our 25h farm provides all our food and more we are currently developing a food forest for pigs and raising orphaned calves on surrogate cows.
    I teach and write about how to live sustainably off the land and am passionate about sharing ideas with others.
    Accommodation is in our home and meals and lifestyle are shared with us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have chosen our lifestyle as we believe the way we live is not damaging to the environment and our stewardship of the land is beneficial so that it the earth will be a better place for us having inhabited it. We also believe that by showing others how easy and comfortable our life is, they may be inspired to make changes to their own lifestyles for the better. Every small change helps. So instead of forcing or dictating to others to be mindful of the environment, we prefer to demonstrate how wonderful sustainable choices can be.
    Tasks include caring for bees, pigs, sheep, cows and poultry (including feeding, birthing and processing for food) and milking and managing a dairy cow, making bread, butter, yoghurt, cheese etc. Some construction projects may be undertaken but the focus is on growing, gathering, processing and cooking wholesome food.We love hosting people from other countries who bring new ideas and perspectives into our way of life and learning from them too.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We ask visitors to join our routine, working with us during the week and having weekends off to explore our lovely countryside.
    The work is varied, but mostly outside. Either in the garden harvesting and weeding vegetables, tending trees in the orchard, planting up the food forest or helping on the farm.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You are sharing the house with my husband and I, and the Cat (with a capital C), the dog and currently a pet pig.
    You have a bedroom to yourself and share the bathroom, living room and kitchen with us.
    Meals are provided from our own organic produce. We do not cater for special diets but have an abundance of organic meat, fruit and vegetables. You are expected to help with the preparation and clean up of meals. You are welcome to consume alcohol or sweets but are expected to provide your own.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are centrally located nearby to Hobbiton, the Waikato River trails, Mt Maungatautiri bird sanctuary and Te Waihou springs.
    The towns of Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo are all within a hours drive making us a great base to explore the central North Island - if you have a car. The closest village is Tirau - 4km away.
    There is no smoking allowed anywhere on our property at any time.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 781245361543