Come and join our family in New Zealand.

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  • Last activity: 26 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description



    We are a family of four with a and have a large extended family in the local community so if you would like a taste of New Zealand family life we would love to have you.
    We live on a farm growing predominately wheat and maize but we also have some grazing livestock, chooks, cats and a dog.

    I run a small sewing and design business and have way, way more ideas than time to complete them all so I would love someone to help.

    My current project is lining and fitting out a 12meter (49ft) shipping container as my home workspace and shop. So if you fancy a challenge we have some great stick on insulation and then framing to go.

    We also have a huge garden that is always in need of a keen gardener and later in the summer (January) we have treehouse project so if any of those appeal to you we’d love to have you.

    We are located in beautiful Opiki about 20km from Palmerston North(15-20 minutes).
    Opiki is less than 2 hours from Wellington and in close proximity to beaches, walk and cycle ways and many other of New Zealand's exciting recreational areas.
    We are also close to the may great t4amps in the Tararua Ranges.

    We are happy to pick you up from Palmerston North if you don't have your own transport.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can offer sewing lessons

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We have a small house on our farm with large gardens on the site. We have hundreds of beautiful specimen camellia and magnolia trees from around the world. We have vegetable garden beds and plenty of fruit trees so someone with a passion for gardening, pruning and landscaping would love it here.

    We are currently looking for someone to help me put the insulation in the container. I have a pretty good idea of how to do it but if you are great at problem solving and like a challenge this could be a fun task.
    Tasks may also include some babysitting, cooking, cleaning or other things that help with the running of a family.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I have been learning French for the last couple of years since our last fabulous workawayer so I’d love to keep practising.

  • Accommodation


    We have a lovely warm lined and insulated garage attached to the house that we have set up as a guest room

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a non smoking family so ask visitors not to smoke in the house or around our children.
    If you have special dietary requirements please let us know when contacting us- although this is not a problem but it helps to know in advance

  • 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

    I am transitioning to working from home. One of our current projects is lining out our 12meter (40ft) shipping container that I will be using as a workshop. We can be fairly flexible with the space we have in terms of having somewhere for you to set up. We have unlimited data on our wifi and it is a reasonable speed.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We live on a farm and have plenty of space to park as big a bus or camper van as you like. We have an outside caravan plug on the house so you can connect up if you need.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have a fenced yard so if your pet is friendly we can host you. We have two children, a young, energetic and very friendly cocker spaniel, 2 cats that generally keep their distance and chooks in a fenced area so if your pet can handle that we are happy to host you. I am assuming that as you are travelling with your pet that they are well trained and mannered.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    3 hours per day

Host ref number: 788516619876

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